The croutons made from walnuts or pecans infuse nutty flavor into this tossed salad, made with oranges and dried cranberries. Nut producers Barb and Dwight Ittner of Noel, Missouri, created the recipe.
Oatmeal-Pecan Pie (left) gives the traditional pecan pie a chewy-good twist by adding oatmeal to the usual ingredients. Chocolate Pecan Pie is a rich treat that comes from Historic Clifton Mill restaurant in Clifton, Ohio. Pumpkin Pecan Crumble Pie blends the flavors of two favorite pies.
A maple butter sauce tops this nutty catfish recipe from Hammons of Stockton, Missouri, a major producer of black walnuts. The Hammons family likes the deep, robust flavor of black walnuts in this recipe. We listed the much milder English walnut as an alternative.
The Strawberry Black Walnut Shortcakes recipe (left) comes from the Hammons family in Missouri, as does the recipe for Black Walnut Oatmeal Cookies. You can make the cookies with either raisins or chocolate chips.
At M restaurant in Columbus, Ohio, the pastry chef likes to keep chocolate-loving customers happy with recipes like this one. These rich, chocolate truffles have a hint of two nut liqueurs— hazelnut and almond— and are rolled in chopped toasted hazelnuts as well.
A coating of spicy and sweet turns toasted pecans into a great snack. Make these ahead of time if you're having a party. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month.
Make a couple of these easy nut-filled banana bread loaves—like most quick breads, they'll keep up to a month in your freezer. Overwrap in plastic wrap and place in a freezerproof bag. Thaw at room temp.
Our coffee cake (left) is an indulgent mixture of chocolate, butter, sour cream, pecans and coconut. A brunch could also feature Stuffed French Toast, flavored with cream cheese, apricot preserves and pecans, or Maple Oatmeal Muffins, which blend pecans with oats, maple syrup, cinnamon and butter.
Chopped walnuts are one of the ingredients that make these chocolate chip cookies extra-special. Marjorie Johnson of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, won one of her 2,500 state fair ribbons with this recipe. The cookies taste like the beloved Toll House cookie; butter and walnut flavors prevail.
A sweet-tart lemon glaze tops this quick bread, which won a blue ribbon at the Elkhart, Indiana, County Fair. Stir ingredients gently just until combined -- overbeating leads to airholes and tunnels in any quick bread.
Using the beloved pecan pie as a guide, cooks for the restaurant at the top of War Eagle Mill near Rogers, Arkansas, fashioned this cobbler adding oat flour for a different flavor in the crust. This buttery crust actually layers in the middle of the syrupy filling, an escape from the usual cobbler crowned with topping. A generous measure of pecans adds crunch.
In Honey-Mustard Pecan Salad (left), a tangy-sweet dressing and toasted pecans top crisp greens. Triple Crunch Salad uses walnuts or hickory nuts, as well as the crunch of apples and red cabbage. Walnut and Currant Mesclun Salad has a simple balsamic vinaigrette over mesclun, tiny currants and toasted walnuts.
The creamy Praline-Crusted Cheesecake (left) delights guests at the Old Rittenhouse Inn in Bayfield, Wisconsin. Peach-Pecan Cobbler tempts fruit lovers with swirls of pecan-studded biscuits on top of sliced peaches. Gooey Pecan Pie Bars are rich, buttery, thick cookies that are a hit at Liberty Gathering Place restaurant in West Liberty, Ohio. Turtle Cake is a favorite with diners at Cafe Latté in Saint Paul.
Staff at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri, churn dozens of ice cream flavors at Hannah's Ice Cream Factory. For a sweeter ice cream, use more sugar. Look for black walnut flavoring, which pairs with nuts to give this cool treat its flavor, in large supermarkets.
Recent studies show tree nuts carry many health benefits, if consumed in moderation. Nutrient-rich, but high in calories, they contain good fats that can help reduce cholesterol. When buying unshelled nuts, look for clean husks heavy for their size. Remove nuts from plastic bags because cracked nuts are susceptible to mold growth. Unshelled nuts last longer than shelled nuts; they keep several weeks at room temperature or several months when kept in a refrigerator or freezer.
Use roasted or toasted nuts within two weeks.