How to Make Candied Walnuts or Pecans [Gluten Free & Dairy Free]

When you can’t be on River Street in Savannah, GA, to buy fresh, warm pralines, these will mostly fill the void.  I will show you how to make candied walnuts the quick and easy way.

The first time I saw instructions for glazed nuts it involved an hour of baking and stirring every 15 minutes.  Most nights when you make dinner for the family you probably don’t want to devote an hour to monitoring the oven. This quick eight minute stove-top method solves the not-enough-time problem that we all have.

In addition, you don’t have to be exact with your measurements.  After making this many times, you will be at the point of tossing ingredients in until it “looks about right.”  That is personally my favorite method of weekday dinner cooking!!

We eat them with our family’s favorite salad: Candied Walnut, Apple and Goat Cheese Salad with Maple Dijon Dressing.  Just note that it is really hard to not eat all of the leftover nuts.  Sometimes I leave the kitchen after I have spread the nuts out to cool, and when I come back, half of them are missing.  And sometimes I don’t wait long enough for them to cool and it takes the skin right off my tongue.   

candied walnuts pecans

Other great benefits of making these is they are healthier and cost less than canned, glazed nuts!  Whole pecans and walnuts are not super cheap either but you buy whichever nuts (sometimes chopped nuts too) are on sale in the bulk foods section of the grocery store.  We use candied pecans and walnuts interchangeably.  

Besides snacks and salad toppings, some other great ways to use these nuts as toppings are on:

  • Yogurt parfait
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Cupcakes
  • Oatmeal
  • Pancakes
  • French Toast
  • Ice cream sundaes
  • Brownies
  • In banana bread
Yield: 6

Dairy Free Candied Walnuts or Pecans

How to make candied pecans or walnuts

The easiest way to make candied nuts on the stovetop.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes


  • 2 cups of walnuts (whole or chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 1 T of butter replacement such as Melt Organic
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t salt


  1. Melt butter substitute in skillet on low heat
  2. Add pecans or walnuts and toss to coat.
  3. Add cinnamon, salt, brown sugar and maple syrup. Stir to combine.
  4. Bring to a boil while stirring continuously. Then reduce to medium low heat and continue to stir until thick.
  5. Spread out on aluminum foil or parchment paper to cool.

    Nutrition Information:



    Serving Size:


    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 162mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 2gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

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