Spicy Maple Walnuts

Maple syrup and hot sauce turn plain walnuts into a spicy-sweet treat.

Posted in , Sep 23, 2010

Snack recipes: Spicy Maple Walnuts

These nuts continue to toast a bit from the intense heat of the glaze, so don't overbake them. Leave the ginger slices in the nut mixture for a delicious surprise. Pecans or hazelnuts also taste great when glazed.


4 Tbsp. unsalted butter ⅓ c. pure maple syrup
6 quart-size slices of fresh ginger, halved 1 Tbsp. water
1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. Tabasco 1 lb. (4 c.) shelled walnuts


1. Heat oven to 300°F.

2. Combine all ingredients except the nuts in small saucepan and slowly simmer over low heat for 2–3 minutes.

3. Put nuts in a bowl, pour glaze over them and stir and toss to coat. 

4. Line a baking sheet with foil and spread nuts in a single layer on it. Bake for 30–40 minutes, stirring at 15-minute and then 10-minute intervals. When the nuts look light and almost dry as you toss them, they're done. Don't touch. The caramelized sugar is extremely hot. Slide nuts on foil then onto a cooling rack and let cool completely. 

Store in airtight container.

Excerpted from Cooking New American by the editors of Fine Cooking. Reprinted with permission from Taunton Press. Copyright © 2004. Photograph copyright © Taunton Press.

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