These incredible sweet and spicy Roasted Cinnamon Sugar Almonds are similar to the ones sold at a premium price at every neighborhood mall. You know the ones, as soon as you approach the area where they’re sold, the smell of cinnamon fills the air and it’s completely intoxicating. You may even find yourself so tempted by the aroma that you think it’s prudent to spend your tight shopping budget on an entire case of them. OK, maybe that’s just me but, they are incredibly enticing. The truth is, they’re a cinch to make at home and take so few ingredients to prepare that I began making them myself at a fraction of the buy-at-the-mall or specialty store price. When entertaining or on family movie night, set them out in a decorative bowl, and they’ll be the star of the gathering.
I make candied nuts like these almonds and candied cinnamon sugar pecans year-round. They’re terrific for munching on their own or for chopping and using as a garnish on ice cream, desserts and cookies. You can also scoop them into a cellophane bag, tie with a pretty ribbon and give as an appreciation gift to the kids teachers. Whether I serve them on family movie night, or for munching when we’re enjoying a night around the fire pit with friends and neighbors, there’s never a cinnamon sugared crumb left behind.
Roasted Cinnamon Sugar Almonds
- 4 cups whole almonds
- 1 large egg white
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Preheat the oven to 250°F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 15x10x1.5-inch jelly roll pan.
- In a medium-size mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat together the egg white and vanilla extract until the egg white has expanded and looks creamy and light beige in color.
- Add the almonds to the mixing bowl. Coat the almonds with the beaten egg white stirring until evenly coated.
- Place the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a large plastic storage bag. Seal the bag and shake to combine.
- Drop the egg white coated almonds into the sugar mixture.
- Seal the bag and shake until the almonds are coated on all sides.
- Spread in a single layer on the prepared jelly roll pan then bake for 1 hour stirring every 15 minutes.
- Spread on wax paper and cool completely.
- Store tightly covered at room temperature.
Blanched almonds are unsalted and readily available at most grocery stores and big box stores like Walmart, Sams and Costco.