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Fall Spiced Walnuts – Toasted walnuts with cinnamon

Fall Spiced Walnuts – Toasted walnuts with cinnamon

These fall spiced walnuts are toasted and coated with a LIGHT & CRISPY sugar coating full of WARM FALL SPICES spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg!

side view of fall spiced walnuts in a black bowl

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Fall Spiced Walnuts

Fall is in the air and it feels great!  “Not too hot, not too cold, you just need a light jacket.”

I love that quote from the not-so-bright beauty pageant contestant on Miss Congeniality!  

I know that it is officially Fall but I’m furious that my local store has filled the front door of the store with those God-Forsaken Cinnamon Brooms!

I don’t like to inhale a cloud of cinnamon when I walk in the door and feel like I completed the stupid cinnamon challenge while I am trying to shop for bell peppers and lettuce!  

Of all the aromas we can smell in fall; fireplaces, football concession-stand foods, pumpkin pie spice, mulled apple cider, my Ma’s spiced pecans were always my favorite. 

I decided to make her recipe but with walnuts!

These cinnamon nutmeg spiced walnuts encompass all that is fall and will even work well in the winter season too.

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closeup of sugared walnuts in a black bowl

This spiced walnuts recipe only needs a few simple ingredients that will have you drooling while you are prepping!

Ingredients for spiced walnuts

  • walnuts (raw)
  • sugar
  • spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves)
  • water
walnuts in a bowl next to a bowl of sugar mix

Making sugar coated walnuts or any type of nut for that matter is a fairly simple process.

How do you make spiced walnuts?

STEP ONE: Preheat oven to 200F. Combine the sugar and spices. Stir to evenly mix them together.

STEP TWO: Add water to moisten the mixture. Pour over the walnuts and stir to evenly coat.

STEP THREE: Spread the walnuts on a lined baking sheet into a single layer. Bake at 200F for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes.

STEP FOUR: When done, remove from the oven and cool completely. Store at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 3 weeks.

How can you tell is walnuts are bad?

The best way to tell is to smell them. Walnuts are full of healthy oils and oil can go bad or rancid.

Walnuts should smell slightly nutty. If it smells harsh like a chemical, the oils have gone bad.

The best way to avoid this is to buy the freshest nuts and store them in the freezer until ready to use.

Can I freeze spiced nuts?

Yes, you can! If you want to make them ahead of time, they will last for 3 months in the freezer.

How long can you store candied nuts?

If stored in an air tight container, you can keep these spiced walnuts for up to 3 weeks at room temperature.

I wouldn’t recommend storing them in the refrigerator as the temperature changes when removing them can cause condensation. Moisture is the enemy!

spiced walnuts in a black bowl

Uses for Fall Spiced Walnuts

  • light snacking
  • bringing to a party
  • adding to a salad
  • placing on a cheese board
  • topping ice cream, pies, and cakes.
  • giving as gifts to foodie friends, teachers, and party hostesses.

They are easy to make and sure to please! My Ma used pecans but I am having a love affair with walnuts right now.

This candied walnut recipe works for just about any nut you choose but you might have to watch the cooking time for smaller sized nuts.

overhead picture of walnuts in a bowl

Are candied nuts gluten free?

Yes, this recipe is gluten free! If you use other sweeteners you can make this recipe Paleo, Keto, and Whole 30 friendly.

List of Seasonal Nuts by Month

Nuts, like fruits, have a season so feel free to try this recipe out on other nuts that are in season!

  • Almonds: August-November, available in most stores all year
  • Cashews: November-June
  • Chestnuts: September, available in most stores October-December
  • Hazelnuts (filberts): October
  • Macadamia: January-March
  • Peanuts: July-August
  • Pecans: October, available in most stores all year
  • Pistachios: September – November, available in most stores all year
  • Walnuts: October, available in most stores all year

Fall Spiced Sugared Walnuts make a great snack and even better holiday gifts! I can’t stop eating them.

other fall snacks to try

side view of black bowl full of fall spiced walnuts
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Other tasty spiced nut recipes to try

How to make fall spiced walnuts

Fall spiced walnuts in a black bowl

Fall Spiced Walnuts

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

These crispy walnuts are toasted and covered with a light and crispy sugar coating that is spiced with Fall spices. Cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg get you ready for the holidays!


  • 2 lbs walnuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. Mix sugar with spices.
  2. Add enough water to make it messy (~1/2 cup).
  3. Add walnuts and mix enough to coat the nuts.
  4. Spread out on a foil-lined baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 200F for 1 hour being sure to stir every 20 minutes.
  6. Take out and let cool completely.
  7. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks or freeze for three months.


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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 4 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 37gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 14gProtein: 9g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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Thursday 31st of December 2020

These were fine. I added a little garlic salt. Will make again

Marilyn Karjalainen

Monday 14th of December 2020

Very delicious!! Made these to include in friend’s Christmas gifts. The spices really stand out and I’m pleased that you don’t have to use egg whites. Going to have to make more for us!


Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Thank you! So glad you liked them!


Thursday 17th of September 2020

Love this recipe. I used cinnamon nutmeg chilli powder pumpkin spice sugar garlic powder .


Friday 18th of September 2020

I love the chili powder addition!

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