Maple walnuts with cinnamon- the world’s easiest homemade foodie gift recipe for Christmas (or any occasion). They make a delicious snack that your friends and family will absolutely love.
Last year I did a Facebook live in the Facebook group showing the world’s easiest homemade foodie gift – maple walnuts.
I made these years ago and then promptly forgot about the recipe but they are, hands down, the easiest, most delicious homemade snack/gift idea I’ve ever made.
Seriously, you have to give them a go and see for yourself.
This year I added a little twist with two drops off Cassia essential oil to make them maple cinnamon walnuts and they are so very good.
Please make sure that you’re using 100% pure maple syrup with nothing added. Some of the ‘maple syrups’ out there have added nasties like high-fructose corn syrup which is something best avoided for many reasons both health and environmental.
Everyone who has made maple walnuts so far has loved them.
Last year, I made a giant batch of 11 jars for all the daycare teachers and as hostess gifts for the holidays.
Just a warning… package them up straight away because they are waaay too easy to eat. The first time I made them I may have eaten the entire jar. Oops.
I’ve tried it with up to 3 cups of walnuts at a time and it still worked really well as long as your pot is big enough to let you stir them constantly so they’re nice and evenly coated.
If you make them I’d love to hear from you. I’ve also tried this recipe with pecans and they were just as perfect.
Personally, I wouldn’t use any other nut as they’re a different texture and thickness.
Happy gift-making (or snack making, I won’t judge).
p.s. I made a little video so you can see what I mean by the maple syrup ‘absorbing’ as they cook. You want to keep stirring until it turns white and you can’t see any more liquid in the pan.
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- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- In a medium sauce pan add the walnuts & maple syrup and stir over medium heat until all the maple syrup absorbs and gets sticky.
- Spread the maple coated walnuts on a lined baking tray and leave to dry then package up.