This is a great candied nut recipe I stole from my mom. She likes walnuts, I like pecans. It's dead easy and my wife says she needs to leave the house when I make them, so she won't eat them all! Try experimenting with the spices, maybe clove or allspice!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
7 mins
total:
12 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
3 cups
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a 4 quart glass casserole dish in the microwave. Stir in the brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and water. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Stir in the nuts so they are well coated. Microwave for 4 to 5 additional minutes on high, stirring every minute. Spread cooked nuts out onto parchment or waxed paper to cool.

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Nutrition Facts

245 calories; protein 2.5g; carbohydrates 9.9g; fat 23.3g; cholesterol 10.2mg; sodium 29mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2004
These turned out perfect. I had never done candied anything before and most of the recipes I found for nuts seemed like they would take forever and turn out like brittle or something. After I turned them out onto the parchment paper I scattered them so they wouldn't stick. After about ten minutes they were dry and not sticky to the touch (something I was worried about) They tasted so yummy. I also found that toasting them for about 5-10 minutes (watching so they dont burn!!) in the oven at 400 f. brought out the flavor or the nuts. Do this step before candying them. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2003
These were good though I thought could be more spicy and my preference is for the toasty crispiness you can get from an oven but not the microwave. Would be a nice snack-in-a-hurry. They are very quick to make and are dry and cool enough to eat in a few minutes. Read More
(5)
110 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 75
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2003
These turned out perfect. I had never done candied anything before and most of the recipes I found for nuts seemed like they would take forever and turn out like brittle or something. After I turned them out onto the parchment paper I scattered them so they wouldn't stick. After about ten minutes they were dry and not sticky to the touch (something I was worried about) They tasted so yummy. I also found that toasting them for about 5-10 minutes (watching so they dont burn!!) in the oven at 400 f. brought out the flavor or the nuts. Do this step before candying them. Read More
(66)
Rating: 5 stars
11/25/2007
Excellent recipe. I made a few changes to make it lower in carbs. Used 1/3 C. Splenda and added a handful of brown sugar added 1 t. chili powder omitted the nutmeg (added a shake of cloves instead); upped cinnamon to 1 1/2 t. Mixed in almonds and salted cashews. YUMMY! I was worried that the Splenda would give an after taste but it didn't. Read More
(38)
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2006
These are excellent and so easy. I toasted walnuts in the oven for a few minutes to make sure they were nice and crunchy. Also added a bit of cayenne to the butter mix to give a subtle bite. Added a light sprinkling of salt after the nuts were resting on the paper. Delicious! I'm packaging these for the family this year instead of all those Christmas cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2011
I've made about six batches of these this year already and am getting ready to make another - they're wonderful! I start w/ pre-toasted nuts (using walnuts 'cause they're the cheapest) which I buy in bulk. When they come out of the microwave I spread them out and immediately sprinkle them lightly with kosher salt. Absolutely delicious! Also when I buy nuts of any kind I always toast them as soon as I get home put them into storage containers (zip type baggies) and keep them in the freezer. Nuts keep forever that way and are so much better when toasted. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2005
Wow!!! Very easy and a sure-fire pleaser. Works great as a last minute Christmas gift snack for company or...for yourself! Great flavor. Work good with other types of nuts too. I used a couple cans of mixed nuts and they were just as good. Thanks Jim! Read More
(14)
Rating: 4 stars
12/08/2008
These are great! I made them for holiday gifts for the neighbors. I increased the amount of cinnamon roasted the pecans at 400 for about 7 minutes before starting and then sprinkled with kosher salt afterwards. They turned out really good! And SO easy!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2006
Very good. I used cinnamon allspice ginger and a sprinkle of kosher salt to bring out the flavor. I agree with other reviewers that its good to add some extra cinnamon etc. I think the could have turned out crisper if not prepared in the microwave but the microwave sure makes it easy. Perhaps I will try pre-toasting the nuts next time. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2013
2009: PHENOMENAL!!! I substituted orange juice for the water and 1/2 t Chinese 5 spice powder for 1/2 t cinnamon. I had enough caramel sauce to coat 16 oz (4 cups) of walnuts. The cooking time totaled 5 minutes and I cooled the nuts on a cookie sheet that I'd sprayed w/ butter-flavor Pam. The nuts were soft while they were hot but crisped up after they cooled tho the caramel stayed slightly sticky. DH tasted and thought they needed "something" so I sprinkled the cooled nuts w/ a few good pinches of salt and that seemed to do the trick. I just packed them back into the original Diamond walnut container (after I covered it in wrapping paper and added ricrac to the lid!). This is a new holiday favorite! 2010: Gave these to a friend who was heading out on the road (apparently they didn't last past the state line...) and to coworkers for Christmas gifts to RAVE reviews. 2011: One of the guys to whom I gave these last Christmas used his to make baked French toast for their family's Christmas breakfast. I haven't seen him in months but I got a call from him shortly before this Christmas asking for this recipe as his newly pregnant daughter-in-law was asking for his baked French toast with the spiced nuts in it like he'd made last year! 2013: Made these for coworkers for Super Bowl snacks to the usual rave reviews; used walnuts pecans and almonds changed up the spices...I will NEVER tire of this recipe! Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2003
This was super easy and tastes really good! The only things I added was 1/4 tsp. of salt to bring out the flavor and as previously noted I did toast the nuts at 400F for about 7 minutes. I'll be giving this away for Christmas Gifts! MMMMMMM! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/17/2003
These were good though I thought could be more spicy and my preference is for the toasty crispiness you can get from an oven but not the microwave. Would be a nice snack-in-a-hurry. They are very quick to make and are dry and cool enough to eat in a few minutes. Read More
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