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Super simple candied spiced walnuts are coated with the taste of fall, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of cloves. They are great on salads, as a garnish or eaten on their own as a snack.

bowl full of candied walnuts with cinnamon and spices on them.

These delicious spiced walnut just take a few ingredients and very little effort. They are flavored with cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg and remind me a bit of fall. 

Toss a handful in a salad or sprinkle them on your yogurt. They are great in oatmeal too.

kid stirring together spice mixture for nuts.

Make a double batch and give some away as gifts or hoard them all for yourself.  You could also very easily sub in pecans, almonds or your favorite nuts.

I made these for the first time back in 2015. Of course Little Dude got in on the act.  We made them to go on a fall salad that was loaded with apples, quinoa, cheese and more.

I love those kinds of salads, the ones with loads of goodies on top.  A salad with great greens, lots of fruit, cheese and nuts could easily be my dinner 4 days a week.

But candied nuts are not only good for salads. They are also great sprinkled on a bowl of oatmeal or creamy yogurt.  Just thinking of it makes me want to make more candied nuts.

candied nuts on baking sheet fresh from the oven.

I based the spice mix for these walnuts off our favorite gingerbread cookies. The mixture is perfect for cookies and wonderful on nuts as well!

glass pedestal bowl filled with candied walnuts.

More Great Candied Nuts Recipes:

Honeyed pecans are another great snack or salad topper. Just like they sound, the recipe features plenty of good honey and yummy pecans. You could easily follow the same recipe with walnuts if you prefer.

Stovetop candied pecans is another quick and easy way to fancify some nuts. There are instructions for making them crunchy or a little bit sticky and they are tasty both ways.

If you want a little more heat and less sweet, try making southern spiced pecans. You can use walnuts or mixed nuts instead of the pecans if you prefer.

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bowl full of candied walnuts with cinnamon and spices on them.

Fall Spiced Walnuts

Servings: 12 Servings
Author: Carlee
Super simple candied walnuts are spiced with the taste of fall, cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of cloves. They are great on salads, as a garnish or eaten as is!
4.88 from 8 ratings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes


  • 2 cups walnuts
  • ½ cups granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Tablespoon water


  • Preheat oven to 200°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  • In a mixing bowl, stir together sugar and spices. Mix in water to make a wet sandy type mixture.
    ½ cups granulated sugar, ¼ teaspoon ground cloves, ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2½ Tablespoon water
  • Stir in walnuts until well coated.
    2 cups walnuts
  • Spread out on the foil lined baking sheet and bake for an hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Make sure they are spread out and allow them to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container.


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 3gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 10gSodium: 1mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9g

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Monday 21st of January 2019

They really are good as is and I love them in salads too! Thanks!


Sunday 6th of January 2019

I do this with pecans and they taste wonderful and makes for a great gift.


Monday 21st of January 2019

Mmmm! I love pecans too, or any kind of candied nuts really!

Morsels of Life | CJ Huang

Thursday 7th of January 2016

I'm loving how you added spices to the usual candied walnuts. Spices add such wonderfulness. :) There's just something about slightly sweet, slightly spicy crunchy nuts that's irresistible! :)


Thursday 7th of January 2016

I love them too. They are great on their own and find their way into so many other things too!

Old Fat Guy

Thursday 17th of December 2015

I love spiced nuts too and these look wonderful.

The Old Fat Guy


Thursday 17th of December 2015

Thank you!