I used to think cinnamon roasted almonds were some kind of magical snack. After all, wouldn’t they have to be magical in order to produce such an irresistibly sweet aroma, to make you want to eat 5-gallon buckets of them, and to be sold for $6 per cup? One of my FAVORITE snacks, cinnamon roasted almonds often eluded my palate thanks to their high price. Until now! Behold… the DIY cinnamon roasted almond! (So much for losing weight before the holidays.)

Cinnamon roasted almonds recipe


Ingredients

Directions
  1. In a skillet, combine sugar, cinnamon, water, and salt.
  2. Add almonds to skillet and stir constantly over medium heat, making sure all almonds get coated with the syrupy mixture. Stir until sugar crystallizes and almonds look “furry” with sugar coating (about 5 minutes). Tip: Don’t go too long or mixture will turn back into syrup.
  3. Remove almonds from heat and scoop out onto wax paper to cool.

**If using RAW ALMONDS, spread almonds onto a cookie sheet and toast in the oven for 10 minutes at 350° to bring out a deeper nutty flavor. For best results, do this before cooking in your skillet.

Cleanup: Don’t be alarmed when you end up with a rock-hard crystallized substance on your skillet and spoon after cooking these. Fill your pan with water and drop the spoon in. Sugar residue will dissolve after a minute of soaking.

Enjoy almonds within one week.

9 Ideas for cinnamon roasted almonds

After filling your house with the yummy scent of these delectable nuts, consider a few of these ideas (if you haven’t already eaten them all):

  • Throw into gift baskets for friends and family.
  • Give as a teacher gift for the holidays with a cute tag that reads, “We’re nuts for our teachers!”
  • Keep out in small dishes for company. (You may have to shoo people away from the dish.)
  • Double the recipe and take to a holiday party.
  • Fill a pretty glass jar with the almonds, tie a big bow around it, and take to holiday parties as a hostess gift.
  • Send with family members to work or school for a sweet snack.
  • These make a great neighbor gift for the holidays.
  • Top holiday cakes, cookies, or cupcakes with these almonds.
  • Tell your family they aren’t very good, and eat all of them by yourself!

So start buying your almonds in bulk, and have fun enjoying this sinful treat! If you are planning to give these as a gift just make sure to have the recipe handy for all your satisfied recipients.


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Comments

  1. says

    Hi Betsy and Matt! My Hubby and I loved this recipe, but it was a little sticky. We tried drying them out in the open, but they are hygrospcopic (attract water). We tried freezing them, but they just whined about it. Today I took them out, let them warm up to room temperature then added some cinnamon mixed with sugar and added them to a nice jar.

    Now.. it may have been the jar, but I am thinking that maybe you might want to add cinnamon and sugar as the last step to your recipe. It makes them very crunchy. Merry Christmas!

    • Kelly says

      Hey Caeryl – I really want to do these for my wedding favors, but I’m hoping to make them ahead of time and freeze them. I have a vaccum packer, but I’m worried that the sugar will “melt” off if there is even the slightest bit of condensation in the almonds. Did you have any problems with the coating when you defrosted them?

  2. Molly S. says

    These are absolutely perfect! I’ve tried other recipes on your site and enjoyed them, so I took a leap of faith and bought four pounds of almonds to give away as Christmas gifts. My husband and I were delighted when we tried the finished product. Your attempts at getting this recipe “just right” we’re a success! I made them for the first time last night and I’ve already had requests for the recipe, so I happily sent them the link to your great site.

    As a side note, I accidentally bought salted almonds. Since they weren’t heavily salted, I used them anyway and just omitted the salt in the recipe. They turned out wonderfully (so I can only imagine the correct recipe is that much better.) Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

  3. Mom says

    I am gonna have to make my own cinnamon almonds now cuz my Christmas gift from you guys is HISTORY! :-( They are sure yummy! And a healthy alternative to hersheys chocolate covered almonds like what I usually eat!

  4. Cheryl Crouse says

    It will work with a mixture of nuts also. I also do this in the oven with a mixture of nuts. I just pour the mixture over the nuts and let them bake in a pan stirring them every 5 minutes.

  5. Amanda says

    Just made this recipe and they came out great!!! They are barely making it off the cooling pan.