Call for Walnut Recipes

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The Staff’s Favorite Walnut Recipes

Pam Arsondi – Sugared Walnuts

1 cup white sugar
¼ cup water
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups walnuts

  • Put all ingredients in pan on stove and bring to boil.
  • Stir for 10-15 minutes, until mixture is string-like when lifting the spoon out.
  • Drizzle over walnuts on wax paper and let cool.


Dennis Balint – Walnuts with popcorn salt & a favorite beverage

Carol Berg-Sloan – Wild Rice with Walnuts and Cranberries

  • Make wild rice according to package. At the end, when the time comes to let the rice sit, stir in walnuts and dried cranberries.​


Heather DonohoWalnut Brittle

Carl EidsathSpiced Rum Sugared Walnuts

Dana HullCalifornia Walnut & Apricot Rugelach     


Abhi Kulkarni – Candied walnut, cranberry, and feta salad

  • In a bowl add mixed salad greens, dried cranberries, feta cheese crumbles and candied walnuts. Top with your choice of dressing.


Anne McConico – Candied Orange Walnuts

½ cup orange juice
1 ½ cup sugar
Zest of 2-3 oranges
3 cups (12 ounces) walnut halves or pieces and halves

  • Put orange juice and sugar in medium saucepan and bring to 234°F (stirring constantly).
  • Once candy thermometer hits 234°F, remove from heat, add walnuts and zest and stir until walnuts start to “sugar” or turn white.
  • Place on pan covered in parchment paper and break apart.


Michelle McNeil – Walnut Pesto Pinwheels

  • Heat oven to 350°F.
  • Unroll 1 can of refrigerated crescent dinner rolls; separate dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal.
  • Spread walnut pesto over each rectangle to within 1/4 inch of edges. 
  • Starting with 1 short side, roll up each rectangle; press edge to seal. With serrated knife, cut each roll into 6 slices. On ungreased cookie sheet, place slices cut side down.

Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet. Top with shredded parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

Chef's tip– if you have extra pesto toss with your favorite pasta and store-bought chicken for an easy dinner  … or mix  2 tablespoons of pesto with an 8oz. package of cream cheese, spread on tortillas and top with chopped walnuts and chopped sun-dried tomatoes or pimento, roll, slice and enjoy.  

Jennifer OlmsteadCalifornia Walnut Energy Bars     

Nate Samelson - Spice Coated Maple Walnut Nuggets

Jennifer WilliamsWalnut-Crusted Salmon

Call for Recipes

Now you know our favorite walnut recipes, what are yours? Submit your recipe to with “Grower recipe” in the subject and your recipe could be featured in the next newsletter.