Make Sugared Nuts from Black Walnuts or Pecans

By Gail Martin, eHow Member

Separate the shells and nuts

Separate the shells and nuts

We have been using black walnut nutmeats as far back as I can remember. They
are a native tree in Kansas. I love the taste of them in fudge, cookies,
cakes, salads and pie.

The black walnut with the husk still on.

The black walnut with the husk still on.

I can still remember Daddy making a small covered wagon and Mother filling it with fudge to be auctioned off at one of the Teterville community’s parties back in the 1930s. This party had a western theme and even included a melodrama. Such mixed emotions I had, proud that Mother and Daddy could create such a nifty reproduction of
something from the old west, but oh so unhappy that I didn’t get a chance to eat some of that delicious fudge with black walnuts in it.
Here’s how to make fancy spiced black walnuts or other nutmeats.

Difficulty: Moderately Easy


Things You’ll Need:

  • ½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ½ tablespoons water
  • 1 ½ cups of walnut halves or pecan halves

These are the spices we use for the nuts (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, ground cloves).  sugared-nuts-black-walnuts-pecans-spices-moms-photo

  • In a deep, 2-quart, heat-resistant, non-metallic bowl, combine the first seven ingredients.That’s everything, but the nut halves.
  • Heat, uncovered, in a microwave oven for 1½ minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Nuts, ready to be sugared.

    Remove from the microwave and add the nutmeats to the syrup mixture.

  • Stir until all are well coated. Add more nutmeats until the syrup is all used up.
  • Heat the coated nuts, uncovered, in the microwave oven for 5 minutes or until the syrup begins to harden slightly.


  • Spiced nuts make great Christmas gifts

    Spiced nuts make great Christmas gifts.

    Transfer nuts to a sheet of aluminum foil and spread them apart to cool and harden.

Tips & Warnings

  •  These fancied up nuts can be frozen if you have any left after you taste them.

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