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Candied or caramelized pecans. Photo by Daniel West | SXC.





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October 2009

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Recipe: Candied Nuts ~ Almonds, Hazelnuts, Pecans & Walnuts

Delicious Snack Or Garnish


This easy recipe makes 1/2 cup of candied nuts, also known as caramelized nuts and in France, pralines. Candied nuts are great:

  • As snacks
  • As garnish for cakes, cupcakes, puddings, ice cream and other treats
  • In salads with goat cheese and blue cheese
  • As sides with coffee, tea and hot chocolate
  • As gifts, in a small tin, plastic container or cellophane bag tied with ribbon

It is best to make these in small batches to ensure that the nuts are thoroughly coated.


  • 1/2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • For spiced nuts, use any or all: a total of 1/8 teaspoon* cinnamon, nutmeg,
    cloves, allspice, cayenne and/or other favorite spice
    *Try this small amount and then increase according to your preference
  • 1/2 cup nut halves



  1. In small skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter.
  2. Add sugar, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. To not allow mixture to burn.
  3. Add nuts and stir to coat thoroughly.
  4. Pour nuts onto sheet of aluminum foil and let cool, about 15 minutes. Store up to 2 days in an airtight container.


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