Here is a family favorite that’s perfect for fall or winter snacking. It’s great for a quick pick-me-up after doing your outdoor chores!

Spicy Sugared Walnuts

1 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3 cardamom pods
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup water
2 cups walnut halves or large pieces

Grate, pour and mix all dry ingredients into a medium pan, then stir in water. Bring to a boil the sugar, spices, salt and water to 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer, or until mixture forms soft balls when a bit of the syrup is dropped into cold water. Carefully pull out the cardamom pods with a slotted spoon and dispose. Remove from heat and immediately mix in the walnuts. Stir gently until creamy. Turn out onto waxed or parchment paper and let cool. Separate with forks into chunks. Eat as is or serve on top of ice cream or with whipped cream.

Grate or pour spices into a medium pan.

The spices, including the cardamom pods, are put into the pan.

Pour sugar and water into pan with the spices.

Bring all ingredients to a boil.

Bring the mixture to 236 degree F. (Almost there!)

Remove mix from heat and stir in walnuts until creamy.

Pour spiced walnuts onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Allow to cool before breaking apart and eating.