Spiced Pecans or Walnuts

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

These spiced pecans are very popular, particularly at bake sales. I don't remember where I got the recipe, but I've been making them for at least thirty years. The hardest part is not eating all the nuts as they cool.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Continue cooking syrup, without stirring, to 238°F on candy thermometer, or until a little syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball.
  3. Remove from heat and add nuts, stirring gently until the mixture becomes creamy.
  4. Turn onto waxed paper (or a non-stick mat or jelly roll pan) and separate the nuts with a fork. Be careful because they will be hot. Let dry and store in an air-tight container.
Most Helpful

Well you weren't kidding about eating too many nuts while they cool! My goodness, these are really good. I had to make a slight change to the spices as I did not have nutmeg, so replaced it with 1/4 tsp of allspice. I also used a mixture of pecans, walnuts and almonds. This is a great recipe for Xmas goody baskets! Thx for sharing. Made for Spring Pick a Chef 2011.

mums the word March 21, 2011

I made these for a fund raiser in October. They got rave reviews from everyone who ate them. They were simple and easy to make. I highly recommend this recipe especially now at the holiday season.

alicew November 17, 2009