Vanilla Cinnamon Candied Almonds
You can make these vanilla cinnamon candied almonds right at home, for a fraction of the price you’d pay at a festival, and they taste even better!
Sweet, crunchy candied almonds coated in a mouthwatering vanilla and cinnamon crust… guaranteed to make your house smell AMAZING! Perfect as a snack, or even to give away as a holiday gift!
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Winter festivals are some of my favorite ones… the cold weather (maybe even a snow flurry), magical lights, hats and scarves, and the tantalizing smell of roasted candied nuts. Those nuts. Oh my. I can smell that amazing scent from a mile away! The aroma is SO insanely amazing… and now, you can have that smell, and those incredible candied nuts, right in your own house!
All you need in a handful of common ingredients and a little patience. Since we’re using raw almonds, they’ll need to to roast for about an hour to achieve maximum crispiness. But don’t worry, you won’t be hands on for that whole hour.
Here’s the Breakdown:
- Beat egg white until frothy
- Stir in almonds
- Stir in remaining ingredients
- Spread out onto foil lined baking sheet
- Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15-20 minutes
The smell that will waft through your whole house when you’re roasting these is going to drive you crazy… and you’ll want to stop roasting them just so you can eat some! But resist that temptation and roast them for the full hour and you’ll be rewarded with the crispiest, most flavorful candied almonds you’ve ever had.
I make these candied almonds every year, at least once, and every time I swear to myself I won’t eat as many of them…. and every time, that swear turns out to be a lie lol. They’re so addicting, so easy to just snack and snack and snack on. Even our 6 year old likes them!
Another great way to enjoy these candied almonds is to package them up, maybe tie a pretty ribbon around the jar/bag and give them away as gifts during the holidays. Everyone appreciates something homemade, and no one will be able to resist the sweet crunch of these nuts!
You could also use other nuts if you’d prefer them… walnuts, pecans or even cashews would be great too!
Do yourself a favor this holiday season and make these vanilla cinnamon candied almonds… I know you’ll love them!
Helpful Tools for This Recipe:
- HALF SHEET BAKING SHEET SET – I have several of these, they’re fantastic and hold up really well!
- RAW ALMONDS – In case you can’t find some in your local stores, or prefer to order online… this brand is a good one!
Vanilla Cinnamon Candied Almonds
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar packed
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1 egg white
- 1 lb whole, raw almonds
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- To a small mixing bowl, add both sugars, cinnamon, salt and ginger and stir to combine. Set aside.
- Add egg white to a larger mixing bowl and beat with hand mixer until frothy. Add vanilla bean paste and beat again to combine. This can be done with a whisk, but will take longer.
- Add almonds to bowl with the egg whites and stir to combine. Add sugar mixture and stir again to combine.
- Spread almonds out in a single, even layer on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour, stirring almonds every 15 minutes.
- After almonds have baked an hour, taste one almond to check for desired crispiness. Adjust baking time per your tastes.
- Let almonds cool, uncovered.
- Nuts can be served warm or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.