Combine first 3 ingredients in a medium bowl.
Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add walnuts, and cook 3 minutes; drain. Immediately place walnuts in bowl with sugar mixture, tossing to coat. Place walnuts in a single layer on a lightly greased jelly-roll pan.
Bake at 350° for 20 to 22 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely in pan. Store in an airtight container.
Laura Werlin, The New American Cheese