Homemade Candied Cashews

Homemade Candied Cashews

Whenever I have a large quantity of cashews, I’m making these scrumptious candied cashews. These are my favorite nuts, they won’t last long. Cashews are on the softer side, and won’t break your teeth. Some recipes ask for water, instead of butter. I prefer this version.

Homemade Candied Cashews

Homemade Candied Cashews
Category: Candy, dessert
Cuisine: German
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes

Some recipes ask for water, it is up to you, but I prefer butter.


  • 1/2 cup or 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1.5 cups unsalted cashews
  • 1 cup granulated or brown sugar mixture
  • pinch of cinnamon or some vanilla extract (optional)
  • Pinch of salt (optional). If cashews already salted, no extra salt


  • Add the butter to a saucepan over medium heat and let it melt.
  • Add the brown sugar and stir
  • Add the cashews and reduce the heat to medium-high
  • Stir the mixture frequently (it burns easily so watch it closely) until the sugar melts and caramelizes over the nuts. Once all the sugar has melted and coated the nuts, they're done.
  • Spread them onto a plate or piece of parchment paper so they don't all stick together. Some will clump together, which is fine.
  • Allow them to cool then store them in a sealed container


Optional: add, vanilla, salt and and/or cinnamon to the mixture

Nutrition information

4 to 6 Servings

I have been living half of my life in Germany, then US, and traveling since then. My passion is cooking, painting and glass mosaic art. I try to re-create recipes I grew up with, or I tasted while traveling in Europe. Disclosure: As an Amazon Affiliate I earn a small commission if you click through and make qualifying purchases with no additional cost to you.

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