Introduction: Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

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This is a simple recipe for cinnamon roasted almonds that doesn't require any fancy ingredients or equipment. I make a few batches each holiday season for snacking and to include with gifts.

They make a nice addition to a plate of goodies that you're giving away, sprinkled around cookies and truffles, or tied in a small bag to go with a gift. They're very easy, but taste wonderful and make your house smell yummy.

Step 1: Ingredients and Supplies

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1 pound almonds (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

large cookie sheet with sides (or two 9x13 pans)
no-stick cooking spray (Pam), oil or shortening for greasing cookie sheet
medium and small mixing bowls
wide spatula or mixing spoon

Also preheat your oven to 250 F.

Step 2: Prepare Almonds

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Separate the egg white from the yolk and discard the yolk. In a medium mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg white with a fork until frothy.

Add the vanilla and mix together. Add the almonds and stir well to make sure all the almonds are coated with the egg white/vanilla mixture.

Step 3: Combine Dry Ingredients

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In a small mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, white sugar, salt and cinnamon until well mixed.

Step 4: Coat Almonds

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Sprinkle the cinnamon/sugar mixture over the almonds and stir well until all the almonds are evenly coated. Try to break up any large clumps of coating--or just leave them and enjoy them later after they're roasted.

Lightly grease your cookie sheet either by spraying with Pam or wiping with a paper towel dabbed with oil or shortening.

Spread the coated almonds evenly onto the greased sheet, and gently shake the pan back and forth a few times so they're in one layer. You may need to use two pans if your cookie sheet isn't big enough.

Step 5: Roast, Stir, Repeat . . . Enjoy!

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Place the pan in the preheated oven and roast for a total of one hour, stirring twice (at 20 minute intervals). 

A wide spatula works well for stirring without knocking too much of the coating off. After each stirring, give the pan a gentle shake to even out the layer of almonds.

After an hour of roasting, allow them to cool. Keep them stored in an airtight container. 

Sprinkle them on a goodie plate, package them up in a pretty bag with a ribbon, serve them in a bowl for a party snack, or keep them for yourself as a quick, sugary treat!


cowboyathome (author)2016-01-07

I make these in a slow cooker. It takes 3-4 hrs. After about 3 hrs., I add water to the slow cooker and, stirring occasionally, they get a nice candy type coating after about 45 mins. I also do Pecans the same way.

I will have to try to use an oven as you did.

gmarchlewicz (author)2015-12-22

Roasted (Obviously not salted) or Raw Almonds??? I'm making 20lbs and want to buy the right ones. Never saw a mention of which ones to buy in any recipes online. Thanks!

Big Projects (author)2015-11-28

wow i litrially just made them 1 day ago

lesley.simmonds.18 (author)2014-11-29

Am making them but

Can someone please tell me how long the almonds need to be cooked in the oven

Leslie it clearly tells you how long... One hour, stir twice.

hav2sing (author)2014-12-24

I made these a couple years ago and forgot where I'd found the recipe... did one last search and YAY YAY YAY sooooo happy I saw thks come up!! So delish! I'm doubling the recipe and using half cashews with the almonds. Again, thank you for posting this recipe and sharing it with us!

gmarchlewicz (author)2014-12-20

What works better... whole almonds or roasted almonds? I made these years ago and they tasted awesome. Cant remember what I used. Thanks.

angela.masuko (author)2014-09-13

I just done my and these are delicious !!! I used mix nuts and worked very well. Great recipe

how long did you cook in the oven for .........Please ..!!!

there is a next button or a view all steps button that gives more instructions. I missed it a few times as well. It is right above the comment box. Hope that helps

This is what the next page says in case you can't see the next button.

Place the pan in the preheated oven and roast for a total of one hour, stirring twice (at 20 minute intervals).

A wide spatula works well for stirring without knocking too much of the coating off. After each stirring, give the pan a gentle shake to even out the layer of almonds.

After an hour of roasting, allow them to cool. Keep them stored in an airtight container.

Sprinkle them on a goodie plate, package them up in a pretty bag with a ribbon, serve them in a bowl for a party snack, or keep them for yourself as a quick, sugary treat!
dreamydeary (author)2014-04-03

I've made this a few times, and each time, the almonds are so, so good. Thanks for the recipe!

And Silpats FTW!

bill903 (author)2014-04-02

did I miss how long they stay in the oven?

blackweb (author)2013-11-21

I would like to try this using dry roasted peanuts since its raining and the only nuts I have in house....will it work with this recipe?

dreamydeary (author)2013-05-21

Oh man, these are delicious. Thanks for sharing!

Next time, I might add a little bit of lemon zest, see how that comes out.

tnsmiller (author)2013-01-15

Have made these 3 times in the past two weeks...once for bunco and there was not any left and everyone wanted the recipe! lol I prefer making them with the dry roasted almonds from Costco. Tried the dry roasted almonds from Fred Meyer and they are good, but aren't as good and cost more. Thanks for the great, easy and quick recipe!

cmatichuk (author)2012-12-23

Came out great (as good as at the ballpark)! I'll probably add a bit more salt next time. Thanks for the nice write-up.

dorial (author)2012-02-19

Tried this recipe this afternoon and they are delicious, made mine with salted Almonds. Oh someone recommended baking on parchment paper to avoid mess. But if you do that it's impossible to shake after stirring. Enjoy!

emmaxbouchard (author)2011-10-31

These sound delicious! but can you think of anything to substitute for the egg?! Would it come out the same if i just omitted the egg white? i'm a vegan.

I haven't tried this, but judging by how the egg is used as a binder , I would guess that you could use the standard flax/water egg substitute.. For baking I usually use 1 T ground flax mixed well with 2-3T. water. Just from reading through this, I would say you probably want a thinner flax wash, so I would say 4-5T. of water to a Tablespoon of ground flax. just enough to make it sticky, but not so much that the flax wash is gummy and clumping up with your other ingredients.. let me know if this works for you. enjoy!

Mauigerbil (author)2011-11-13

This is a definite Christmas present for my grandma, who keeps a jar of cinnamon almonds on her counter next to the stereo. Yes, stereo. My grandma is pretty cool. My grandpa also rides motorcycles and ATV's and dirtbikes and............

riccastleman (author)2011-05-03

For all you Diabetics and sugar weight watchers, I have the answer for this recipe. I used Nevella no cal sweetener which uses the same per half cup as regular sugar and used Ideal no cal brown sugar substitute, again same per half cup as regular brown sugar. I also substituted coconut oil for greasing the cookie sheet. I was a little short on my almonds so I compensated with pecans mixed in. Followed the rest to the "T". Worked out well and a great sugar free snack. Thanks for the foundation to this recipe Annie!

bjy151 (author)2011-02-07

These are currently in the oven and smell awesome! I found this page while searching for these almonds from cabelas. My brother brought some of these from cabelas to deer camp this year and they were awesome, he had a nice story behind them.
But long story short my brother is currently in Afghanistan and I wanted to order some and send them to him. Found this recipe and decided to make them, question is do you believe they would still be good after a possible 2 weeks plus in the mail? Would they be fine if sealed, vacuum packed, anything?

Biggsy (author)2010-12-31

I generally do honeyed almonds, and I have been trying in vain to try and get the crumbly coating on the outside like you have got here... might have to see if I can replicate this with my honey recipe

pawgles (author)2010-06-13

Awesome recipe! Very easy to make! I also made it with pecans. SOOOO Yummy! Thank you!

atomov (author)2009-12-18

Nice, thanks! What temperature you used? 

anyonenot (author)atomov2010-04-05

He was at 250F* (NOT CELSIUS), written at beggining

SpellboundAngel (author)2010-01-26

Can other  nuts be substituted for almonds in this recipe?

I've never tried any other kind, but another user below said cashews were good, and I'd imagine that pecans would be good too.  If you experiment with other kinds let us know how they turn out!

I'll do that. I was wondering specifically about walnuts since that seems to be the only nut we currently have in the house. XD

The walnuts turned out pretty good. I also tried substituting fresh grated nutmeg for my friend who is allergic to cinnamon and it tasted really good.

mainoah (author)2010-02-09

I made these for Christmas last year and decided to try using some spices and make a sweet spicy version and it turned out amazing! Thanks for putting this up, it was wonderful!

mbudde (author)2010-01-03

I can finally have these more than just once a year! Thank you so much!

mickermack (author)2009-12-23

Just tried this out, I either overcooked it or had too much egg white (i had 20oz of nuts rather than 16), most likely combination of both. Anyway it ended up more like a toffee or bark, but still really good and addictive! Broke it apart and covered it in some powdered sugar to take away some of the caramelized 'burn' taste.

annieoakley (author)mickermack2009-12-26

Hmm, I wonder what went wrong. . . .  I suppose if they still taste good then there's no problem!

oboist1 (author)2009-12-22

I am making a batch right now and they smell great !


Looking at your pic, I assumed you used raw, un-roasted, unsalted, almonds in your recipe.

Is that right ?

annieoakley (author)oboist12009-12-26

Yep! Just plain, ol' almonds! I've nevery used any other kind, but I'd imagine that if you use salted almonds you could just omit the salt from the coating.

smgeier (author)2009-12-23

I made a batch of these the other day, and they are ALMOST gone. They turned out fantastic, and they're super easy to make. 5 stars.

Lync (author)2009-12-21

I just made these for the first time (and ate them for the first time).  They turned out great.  So delicious!

dexusno (author)2009-12-18

Great instructable!  Is it 250 degrees celcius or farenheit?

annieoakley (author)dexusno2009-12-19

It is 250 degrees farenheit. Sorry, I'll fix that.

Sender (author)dexusno2009-12-19

Hi, I strongly guess it's fahrenheit (and therefore 120 celsius). In her other recipe she wrote '325 degrees' which - if it was celsius - would be way beyond normal baking temperatures.

nightscene (author)2009-12-18

I lined the pan with tin foil.  No mess!  Great recipe!!!

Notags (author)2009-12-17

I was at The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival one year, and there was a vendor selling these. The aroma of sweet and cinnamon was too much to avoid the temptation. I walked over and the young lady asked if I'd like to try a sample. I replied: Heck no!! Sell me the largest bag ya got! 

I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for posting this.

wuguwa (author)Notags2009-12-18

 they sell them at the renn fest in crownsville too. they are awesome!

xie (author)Notags2009-12-17

hah! i can never resist them at faires/festivals either!

i am super excited about trying to make them at home as well. ;)

roland turn (author)2009-12-17

Mmmm they look good, I'll try this.  Nice clean oven too!

merlin1974 (author)2009-12-17

I agree, these make great gifts. We make several kinds of nuts like this every year durring the holidays. Another good version is to use sugar and seasoned salt which makes sort of a sweet savory combo that is great. Try this on unsalted cashews too! Best when warm :)

killerjackalope (author)2009-12-15

These look great, featured because well... I love cinnamon almonds...

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