Wet Walnuts

When I was in high school, I remember going to Ye Olde Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Shop with my friends… a LOT. When I worked at the local county jail, I used to go to Ye Olde Fashioned at least once a week when I would work night shift. Even though their burgers and hot dogs and fries still make my mouth water, their ice cream is delectable. And I’m not even an ice cream chick. But there’s something about that strawberry shortcake sundae that I’ve been trying to recreate for YEARS. I think I finally got it, though… it’s all in the wet walnuts.


I baked a cream cheese pound cake because everyone in my house loves it, but you could easily substitute for store bought. I added vanilla bean ice cream, strawberries, caramel sauce, and wet walnuts. On a separate occasion I bought refrigerated oatmeal raisin cookie dough, added walnuts, and pressed into an 8-inch cake pan and baked for about 20 minutes. While it was still warm I added vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce, and wet walnuts (see the trend?).

This, my friends, is a dangerous recipe. It’s super easy to make and can go on… whatever. This recipe only makes a little because I wasn’t sure if I’d like it, how it would turn out, and going out and buying maple syrup for my first try just wasn’t an option. Feel free to double or triple for all of your dessert creations.


Wet Walnuts
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  • 1 ½ C roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1C sugar
  • 1C water
  • 2 Tbsp Grade B maple syrup


  • Combine the sugar and water over medium high heat and boil until sugar is completely dissolved. Add in the maple syrup and bring the temperature down to medium. Add in walnuts and let simmer for 5 – 10 minutes. Allow to cool before transferring to a mason jar. Be sure to refrigerate in between servings.


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