Cinnamon Sugar Almonds

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.

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds - Bake.Eat.Repeat.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.

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds - Bake.Eat.Repeat.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!

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds - Bake.Eat.Repeat.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!

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds - Bake.Eat.Repeat.

Cinnamon Sugar Almonds

Yield: 3 cups of candied almonds

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1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


Source: Adapted from What’s Cookin Chicago .

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  1. says

    my candied nuts go in a feed bag..haha love these but then I’m hooked on Spiced nuts ,
    3 alarm almonds , Polynesian nuts , candied pecan snacks , Chocolate nuts , as you can see anything nuts.
    I usually buy about a dozen small tins at A time and put a variety of nuts in each tin..
    they don’t have too be just a Christmas treat .

  2. says

    I can’t wait to make these tomorrow & take them to my sister’s to enjoy Christmas Eve! She said not to bring anything, but this would be such a great addition to the ‘spread’, and we’ll be really hungry by the time the Christmas Eve Service is over at 7:30, so we’ll NEED the extra protein, right?
    I really enjoy your blog, Stacey, and this one was particularly fun to read! You might be on your way to becoming a writer – if you DO take off in that direction, I hope you’ll continue to keep offering these great recipes!

    • stacey says

      Thanks so much! Have a great Christmas, hope you like the almonds! I actually made more yesterday for some gifts and had a very happy family. Highly addictive little things!

    • stacey says

      That was actually a toss up when I pulled out stuff to make them, almonds or pecans! But I went with almonds cause they’re my favourite! I’m definitely planning on trying it with pecans next time. Let me know if it’s good with them if you try it!

  3. says

    Wow – these look sooooo good! The pics are gorgeous too! I couldn’t agree more – candied nuts are so addictive. They are a dangerous snack to be hooked on too because they are little calorie bombs. Haha! In small doses, kinda healthy, but I am prone to going overboard! Lol! These look wonderful!

    • stacey says

      It’s a bit insane how quickly they are disappearing here! Definitely not something that can be made too often – Christmas treat for sure! Thanks Erin!

    • stacey says

      You need to try making them if you love them Annie – so easy, I was shocked how easy it was! Although, like I said, rather dangerous! :)

    • stacey says

      Thanks Sarah! We’ve already decided that I can’t make them again anytime soon – far too dangerous! Lovely Christmas treat thought! Thanks for the pin!

  4. says

    I bake so much that I typically don’t have trouble avoiding my sweets. But when I make something like this…I just practically need to put a muzzle on myself. I don’t know if this is a case for making these or avoiding them!!! Gosh they sound and look SO good.

    • stacey says

      Haha, I had the same debate with myself before making them! Do I really want those in the house?! It’s Christmas, it’s okay! Thanks!

    • stacey says

      Thanks Kelley! They were so quick and easy, I was actually kind of surprised at how easy they are to make. And so good!

    • stacey says

      Haha, funny you said that, as I was snacking on them last night I was thinking about all the different things I could add to these things to change them up! Chili powder was definitely on the list! I’ll have to try it. Thanks Dannii!

  5. says

    Candied nuts are definitely one of the most addicting snacks! I didn’t have these much growing up either, only when we would find a stand when on vacation. But now, my mall has a little kiosk that sells these…go figure! I love making cinnamon sugar nuts too, they always disappear so fast in my house! And these would make perfect gifts, too. Such a great idea, Stacey!

    • stacey says

      Thanks so much Gayle! It’s probably good that there’s no little kiosk at our mall selling these things fresh – at least making them I won’t let myself do it too often! And yes, perfect gifts, although I’m sensing they aren’t going to last long enough to gift and I’ll have to make more! :)

    • stacey says

      I know right?! That’s exactly what I said! And then I bought them. And ate them really, really quickly. But these almonds were pretty awesome too! Thanks for the pin Taylor!

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