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Caramelized Walnut Halves

Use these caramelized walnut halves to top our Pumpkin Cake with Brown Butter Icing.

  • Servings: 10
  • Yield: Makes 10
Caramelized Walnut Halves

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 1998


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 10 well-shaped, large walnut halves


  1. In a small skillet, melt sugar over medium-high heat until medium golden, about 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat. Working quickly, drop walnut halves, one at a time, into the melted sugar. If the sugar hardens, return skillet to low heat, and stir several minutes. Using a fork, turn walnuts until they are evenly coated. Transfer walnuts to a wire rack to cool completely. Use to decorate cake.

Reviews (1)

  • CarmenMS 21 Nov, 2011

    I substituted the walnuts for pecans and used 1/4 cup sugar. I still had some caramel left. The candied pecan added so much to the pumpkin cake! I love this recipe!

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