Sweet and Spicy Sesame Walnuts

Sweet and Spicy Sesame Walnuts

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 28 min
  • Total: 33 min
  • Serving: 7 servings

This heart-healthy walnut snack is flavored with a sweet and spicy blend of sugar and cayenne pepper, and then given an extra kick of flavor with the addition of sesame seeds. Enjoy a handful as a snack or serve as an accompaniment to cocktails.


  • 1 pound walnut halves, (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2/3 cup sesame seeds, (4 ounces)
  • 121/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place the walnuts, sugar and water into a large saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir in the sesame seeds, cayenne and salt and simmer the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 4 minutes.
  3. Reduce the heat and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 4 additional minutes.
  4. Transfer the walnuts to the prepared baking sheet and spread out into a single layer. Place the pan in the oven and cook the nuts for 18 minutes, then remove and allow to cool before serving.

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