I believe that the best gifts during the holidays have to do with food. Ideally, it’s something you can eat. I think this started when I had zero money and wanted to give something to each member of my (large) family. If you want to spread a little holiday cheer, it just takes some butter, sugar and flour. Or in this case – honey roasted walnuts.

These nuts are an excellent addition to your holiday treat making and gifting, or just to have around the house for snacking this time of year. They also make a perfect sweet and crunchy salad topping for any weeknight dinner side salad. 

Over the years I’ve gifted so many different holiday treats. I’ve found that if you are going to make a collection of goodies, it’s nice to include both sweet and savory items, but tailor it to the person you are gifting too. I wrote about Holiday Treat Boxes awhile ago, and I still do them every year! It’s probably more nostalgic for me then it is for my family, but I like to think that they get excited about them as much as I do. 

Some things I’m thinking about including in my boxes this year: 

Salted Chocolate Truffle Cookies

Party in a Jar

Sugar Cookies

Candied Orange Peels (probably the most requested item I make during the holidays)

So turn on the Mariah Carey Christmas album and let’s get cookin’! 

These honey roasted walnuts start with a mixture of honey, butter, cinnamon and salt in a pot. 

Then add in the walnuts: 

And spread them out on to a buttered baking sheet and bake. When they are just about done, you sprinkle them with sugar and more salt to give them that crunch. 

Once they cool, they are ready for the snack bowl or a simple paper sack for gifting. 

Honey Roasted Walnuts
Yields 4
Crunchy snack or salad topping. Perfect for gifting.
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Cook Time
30 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 lb raw walnuts
  2. 1/3 cup honey
  3. 2 tbsp butter
  4. 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  6. 1/4 cup granulated sugar
Instructions
  1. Butter a large rimmed baking sheet. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (160 C).
  2. Place the butter, honey, cinnamon, and 1 tsp salt in a medium sized pot and heat over medium low heat, until the butter is melted, about 1 minute, stirring halfway through. Once melted, stir until the liquid is smooth.
  3. Add the walnuts to the honey mixture and stir until well coated. Pour the walnuts out onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them into an even layer.
  4. Bake the walnuts for a total of 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes to prevent burning. The walnuts at the edges will brown faster, so it's important to stir regularly to get an even roasting.
  5. Once the walnuts are golden brown, remove them from the oven and stir again to distribute the honey on the baking sheet. After a minute or two, sprinkle the granulated sugar and remaining 1 tsp salt on top and stir again, to give them a bit of texture. As they cool at room temperature, stir occasionally, to break up any big clumps.
  6. Once the walnuts have cooled completely, place them in an airtight container or plastic bag and store them at room temperature.
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