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.
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.
I beat an egg white to use as ‘glue.’ Thank you, Mother Lovett, for always telling us we did things wrong teaching me this.
And mixed together some sugar, cinnamon, salt, and raw turbinado sugar for texture.
I coated the almonds with the foamy egg whites.
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.
And placed them on a baking sheet to roast.
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.
Cinnamon Sugar Roasted Almonds
- 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
- 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!
But if your jeans are feelin’ tight, check out how I plan to stay fit this holiday season.
31 Comments on “Holiday Appetizers 101: Cinnamon Sugared Roasted Almonds.”
Love these! I think I will make them and package them up all cute for my co-workers!
Hum… I think I am really going to try this! It looks like something I can tackle and not freak out if I screw up terribly! :)
oh my gosh- my mom made something like this one time (with pecans instead of almonds) and I could NOT stop eating them. Delicious. I’m coming over in 10, ok? ;) Happy tgiving girlie
I’m thinking they would be really good with pumpkin pie seasoning and turbinado sugar too….
“I threw the almonds in all at once, since I have no patience.”
I knew I liked you.
That sounds so good!
I am in love . . . and I’m totally on the idea of making them into gifts!
I wish I COULD smell them – they sound fabulous
oh whoa you made them! I always feel these kind of thing only comes from the stores! I didn’t know that almonds need to be soak in the egg whites before they have the sugar coated. really interesting:)
have you ever tried those almond coated with Wasabe? they are really good:-) I love them as much as this cinnamon ones!
Never had them…but umm…yum. Now I need them :)
Mmm! I wish I could smell those babies … they look amazing!
My stomach just grumbled. It wants some almonds now. Even though I just ate a rather large dinner and dessert, that’s how good they look!
I really love it during the holiday season when I go shopping and there’s the kiosk that has the candy coated warm pecans and almonds… it always smells so good! I bet if I make your recipe my house will smell just like it!
Oh wow- those look gooood! I love roasted almonds and sugar anything. I will so try, or think about making these!
those look and sound amazing!!!
I LOOOOOOVE spiced nuts. I’ve got to come up with a good vegan alternative other than egg whites. Any ideas?
Now I know why when I make seasoned nuts the seasoning is always kinda falling off…the egg white situation or lack thereof. MamaPea I am thinking on this and will report back…Certain things like agave will burn, maple will burn, evoo or oil will just smoke, flax goo in place of eggs will impart a funky flavor. Hmmm.
Give me time, I will figure it out.
Jessica, your nuts looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!! (twss.)
I’ve made these before! I add cocoa powder sometimes, too! :)
I LOVE those! Did you save some for me?;)
xxx Julia (Taste of Living)
Such a great and easy recipe…I think I will try these today.
They would be uber yummy on top of vanilla ice cream I think….mmmmm!
I don’t know how you feel about Splenda, but I happen to be a fan ;-). I wonder if you could sub the sugar for the Splenda to cut some cals so you and I can fit in our jeans? I will try it and report back! ;-)
Thanks for another great recipe!
LOVE THIS RECIPE! I sometmies make sweet and spicey nuts, using cinnamon, sugar and cayanne pepper! this looks delicious! thanks for the recipe Jess! and love teh idea of using the eggwhite as teh glue, and not a simple syrup!
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It looks so easy have to give try.
Awesome recreation. Those would make great gifts!
i’m definitely book marking this recipe!!! these look awesome!
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rainy night watching movies in my apt and i get a craving for these… I’m so glad you came up on google! i’m about to make this right now. Thanks for sharing!
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