Holiday Appetizers 101: Cinnamon Sugared Roasted Almonds.

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If you are anything like me, walking through the mall this time of year without buying some cinnamon roasted almonds is just torturous. Can you smell them now?

I can’t, but that’s probably just because I’m sitting by my husband.

Who smells like a boy.

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And rotten eggs.

But I still like him. Most of the time.

Everytime I am at the mall during the Christmas season (which, let’s be honest, is every single day), I blow a few bucks on those almonds because they smell so good.

The outer shells are hard, they hurt my teeth and cut my gums.

I eat the entire bag while walking around, then throw a tantrum in the dressing room while trying on jeans. I have no idea why they won’t fit.

And then I go get more almonds to eat my emotions.

They are THAT good.

I knew I needed to recreate these before I bankrupted my family on sugary almonds and new jeans that fit.

So I grabbed some raw almonds – a large bag was less than $2.00 at my store.

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I beat an egg white to use as ‘glue.’ Thank you, Mother Lovett, for always telling us we did things wrong teaching me this.

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And mixed together some sugar, cinnamon, salt, and raw turbinado sugar for texture.

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I coated the almonds with the foamy egg whites.

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I threw the almonds in all at once, since I have no patience.

After the egg white bath, I coated the almonds with the cinnamon sugar.

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And placed them on a baking sheet to roast.

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They came out perfectly!

They lacked the hard outer shell that the mall-almonds have, yet tasted the same. They also cost much less then buying the overpriced bags at kiosks.

Alas, they will still probably cost me new jeans.

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Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup course sugar (I used raw turbinado)
  • 1-2 egg whites, beaten until foamy

Directions:

Preheat oven to 275.

Mix sugars, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until foamy.

Dip almonds in egg whites, then in sugar mixture. Place on a baking sheet.

Roast at 275 for 30-45 minutes, tossing occasionally.

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Set a big bowl of these babies out and your guests will devour them. No need for new jeans!

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But if your jeans are feelin’ tight, check out how I plan to stay fit this holiday season.