Maple Sugared Walnuts (or Pecans)

December 5, 2012

Author Notes:

You can't go wrong with maple, walnuts, and spices. These are always appreciated as a homemade holiday or hostess gift. Great as a snack or garnish on salads. I used to make sugared walnuts or pecans with a candy thermometer and seemingly endless stirring - what a chore. This recipe is so quick and easy, I find any excuse to make them. In fact, I just made a 2 batches - one with chipotle, and the other with clove, cinnamon and cardamom for a festive snack. I add the salt to give a buttery taste, without the fat and calories. You can omit the salt, but to me it tastes overly sweet. This is a super easy recipe and very forgiving. Enjoy!

I modified the nut recipe from this delicious salad recipe:


Makes: 2 cups of sugared nuts


  • 2 cups walnuts, or pecans
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder (optional)
In This Recipe


  1. In a large skillet, roast nuts on medium heat until lightly toasted, stirring occasionally for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add maple syrup, salt and optional spices, and stir to coat the nuts.
  3. Keep stirring until syrup is absorbed by the nuts, about 4 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat, and stir about 2 more minutes until the nuts crystalize slightly and the nuts separate.
  5. Cool nuts on waxed paper.
  6. Variations are endless including cinnamon, clove, cardamom, etc.

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