I think candied nuts might possibly be the most addictive snack ever invented. I’ve always liked them, I mean really, who doesn’t? But I generally don’t allow myself to buy them. And with good reason.
I let myself get swayed by the candied macadamia nuts at Costco the other day. (Seriously, WHY do they need to keep bringing new things in that I just HAVE to try? It’s hardly fair. I can’t resist!) And really? Candied macadamia nuts? Who could resist those?
Evidently, not us. We destroyed that tin in 3 days flat. And that was showing restraint, sadly.
So, rather then destroy our life savings on nuts, which is obviously a grave concern, I decided to make more. My waistline won’t thank me, but my wallet definitely will. Much more cost effective to make them yourself!
So easy, and oh my goodness, are these cinnamon sugar almonds incredible. I could not stop snitching another one every time I walked by the cooling tray. I finally had to just get some pictures and then get them in a container and out of sight! Although, unfortunately, not out of mind. These may have to be gifts, because I obviously can’t be trusted in the same house as these cinnamon sugar almonds.
Candied nuts aren’t something that I remember having much (ever?) growing up. The first time I remember having them was when I spent 6 months in Germany at Bible College. I was there over the Christmas season, and was wowed by the Christmas markets there. They were so, so cool, and if I’m ever in Germany again, I kind of hope it’s near Christmas just so I can go to those markets again! We don’t have anything like that here.
And the one kiosk that we all spent far too much money at was the one making candied nuts. They were amazing. Completely amazing. And that little paper cone full of nuts was always gone far too quickly!
But now that I’ve discovered the complete simplicity and ease of making these cinnamon sugar almonds at home, that’s one memory I can easily relive! These are pretty close. We’re not eating them out of paper cones, hot from the pan, while walking through the crisp night air over cobblestone streets. But you can’t have everything.
I could make some paper cones I suppose. And it’s cold outside. We could go for a walk! It’d be exactly the same, right?!
Well, at least the almonds will be just as amazing!
- ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg white
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups almonds
- Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon and salt until well combined. In another bowl, whisk together the egg white and vanilla until frothy.
- Add the almonds to the bowl of frothy egg whites and toss until the nuts are completely coated. Then pour the coated nuts into the bowl with the cinnamon sugar mixture and toss until they are well coated. Pour the nuts onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them out evenly.
- Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Allow the nuts to cool completely on the baking sheet. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks.