Need an easy homemade gift to take to your neighbors? Having a Christmas or holiday party and want a yummy snack to have around? I love these delicious cinnamon almonds and they are so simple to make. Plus you can substitute any kind of nut that you have on hand.

Ingredients:
1 cup sugar
3 cups raw almonds (or any other nut)
1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 cup water

Directions: In a large skillet combine the sugar, cinnamon and water. Add the almonds and stir constantly with a spoon over medium heat, coating the almonds with the syrupy mixture. Keep stirring until the sugar crystallizes. Remove the pan from heat and scoop the almonds onto wax or parchment paper. Let the cinnamon almonds cool before serving. These can be made a few days ahead.

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53 Comments

  1. Reminds me of New York- I bet it makes the house smell fabulous!

    Julie    Monday, December 6, 2010
  2. Those look so good! My mom always made some fabulous nuts that are similar to that. As soon as I get the recipe, I’m going to post it!

    PartyMom    Monday, December 6, 2010
  3. I love these! I’m definitely making some this season. Can you double the recipe? Or is it better to make them in smaller batches?
    Thanks for the recipe!!

    Rebecca    Monday, December 6, 2010
  4. Rebecca–Smaller batches probably. I’ve never tried doubling it, but it makes a lot. If you make them, we’d love to hear what you think!

    Brittany    Monday, December 6, 2010
  5. Cinnamon almonds are one of my favorite Christmas treats, but I’ve never had a recipe to make my own. Thanks so much!

    Melissa    Monday, December 6, 2010
  6. i’ve been buying cinnamon almonds from trader joes – never thought to make them myself. Excited to try this recipe!

    Gloria    Monday, December 6, 2010
  7. So much more simple than I would guess and I shell out big bucks for those whenever they’re around! Thanks.

    Darcie    Monday, December 6, 2010
  8. This is perfect for christmas.

    Joy    Tuesday, December 7, 2010
  9. Well, I tried it for the first time, and I must have done something wrong, because I ended up with caramelised almonds.lolol. they still taste lovely but I wish I understood what I’ve done wrong. Did I add too much water? Did I leave it on too long?

    Sandy O.    Sunday, December 12, 2010
  10. Hi Sandy O.–Hhhmm. I don’t know what you did wrong. This is one of the most fool proof recipes I’ve ever made. You have to stir the almonds for a long time, like maybe 5 minutes. The picture that I show in the pan is what they start to look like about halfway through. You stop when they look more like the picture of them cooling. I’m so sorry. I should have been more clear in the directions I guess. Let me know if you try them again and if you have any more problems.

    Brittany    Sunday, December 12, 2010
  11. Hello!

    Please don’t be sorry, I tend to make the simplest of recipies go wrong. heheh. Complicated thing usually go smoothly, but simple ones confuse me I guess. I’m pretty sure by now I messed up on the quantities. my pan has much more liquid than the photos, and from what I’ve gathered, it’s not supposed to, right? just enough liquid to get to all the almonds and then it dries. is that it? I’ll be trying it again, really soon, because I want to do it for Christmas. And get a new measuring cup too ;) You see, we don’t get these for sale over here, so everytime I go abroad, to London for example, I buy loads of them. So if I can actually make them I will be a very happy and somewhat fat camper ;) Thank you!

    Sandy O.    Monday, December 13, 2010
  12. these were so easy to make, thank you. My husband is going to be thrilled when he gets home from work. How long will they stay fresh? I need to box them up and get them out of here b/f I eat them all.

    Melissa    Wednesday, December 15, 2010
  13. Hi Melissa–These are never around long enough for them to spoil. But according to my mom, they should last at least a month. I’m so glad you made them!

    Brittany    Wednesday, December 15, 2010
  14. Hi.
    Just to let you know I’ve tried it again and it worked like a charm.

    Thank you! :)

    Sandy O.    Saturday, December 18, 2010
  15. These are awesome! Next time I’ll have to try toasting the almonds…as it turns out, my husband is slightly allergic! But with most things that he’s allergic to, they’re fine if they’re cooked! I do have to say that I did half sugar and half brown sugar. Yum!

    Cecilia    Saturday, December 18, 2010
  16. We tried the recipe and it was a huge hit! They were so well received we have made it a few more times. The last time we made a double batch and it worked just as great as when we did a single batch – just make sure you have a really large skillet. We have tried the recipe with pecans, walnuts, and almonds. Pecans is our favorite with walnuts a close second. Thanks for the great recipe!

    Trish    Tuesday, December 21, 2010
  17. Hi Trish–I’m so glad to hear that! We have experimented with cashews and pecans and have loved the results as well. Merry Christmas! xoxo Brittany

    Brittany    Wednesday, December 22, 2010
  18. I made these to include in my Christmas goody plates, and they were a huge hit! I found that the almonds didn’t get completely toasted in the skillet, so I finished them off in a 350 degree oven for ten minutes. These are officially our family’s favorite snack. THANKS!

    Rachael    Thursday, December 23, 2010
  19. I just made these (with a mix of almonds and walnuts) and it was SO easy and they taste FABULOUS. I’m excited to have something so fantastically simple and impressive to add to my repertoire! Will be linking back when I blog them tonight!

    Kelli    Tuesday, August 30, 2011
  20. Just made these for a quick neighbor gift. I halved the recipe (to make sure I liked it first) and it was just the right amount to fill my 11″ nonstick frying pan without overcrowding. I added 1/2 t. salt to balance the flavors and, like Rachael, roasted them an additional 10 minutes in a 350-degree oven to bring out the nuttiness. Delicious and addicting!

    Jennifer    Thursday, October 6, 2011
  21. I made these tonite and I think I didn’t cook them long enough. they were still yummy though. I’ve had the ones from trader joes before so I am excited to try this again!!! but like I said…even a little undercooked and they turned out GOOOOD!!!!

    kissy castaneda    Saturday, October 22, 2011
  22. Finally got around to blogging about these…http://azlabrat.blogspot.com/.

    Kelli    Tuesday, October 25, 2011
  23. I accidentally bought roasted, salted almonds (to the tune of $9). Think I can still use them instead of raw? Thanks.

    Heather    Friday, November 11, 2011
  24. Hi Heather–You could try washing off the salt (the nuts are going to get wet anyway). I don’t think the roasting will hurt. xo

    Brittany    Friday, November 11, 2011
  25. I LOVE how easy this recipe is to make….and it’s so DELICIOUS! Thank you for a great easy treat I can make to be apart of my neighbor gifts for Chirstmas this year:)

    Emily    Thursday, November 17, 2011
  26. I have just finished making these.
    I thought I had done something wrong as I had candied almonds but after reading the comments here I persisted and a couple of minutes later the toffee crystalised! I had to stir for about 10 mins.

    Becci Sundberg    Sunday, December 18, 2011
  27. I had no idea this was going to be the easiest recipe ever!

    I serious drool over these whenever I go to the fair. I can’t wait to make them at home!

    Penny    Thursday, April 12, 2012
  28. Just made these delicious cinnamon & sugar almonds. I used aluminum foil to cool them & it also worked great. I also added a dash of salt to the mixture(I love using salt with sweet things). I wonder if adding a spoonful of vanilla extract would make it taste yummy too? These almonds are super easy & theres minimal clean-up involved… my kind of recipe!

    Emily    Monday, June 11, 2012
  29. FYI, if you’re using sugar replacements, like stevia, it will take much longer! I recommend using less liquid if you aren’t using sugar. IT took me a long time to get it to candied stage and a long time to get to crystalised.

    anna    Saturday, July 28, 2012
  30. also i ended up putting them in the oven to finish.

    anna    Saturday, July 28, 2012
  31. Just tried these, and letting them cool, but not turning out like picture not sure what I did wrong.

    mary    Sunday, September 16, 2012
  32. Love that these are vegan- most add butter. :)

    Mary-Margaret    Saturday, September 22, 2012
  33. Just made them. They were super yummy and sooo easy to make. Thanks so much for the recipe!

    Megan r    Sunday, September 23, 2012
  34. I love nuts can’t wait to try recipe.

    Sandra Coy    Monday, October 15, 2012
  35. I doubled the recipe and it worked out great. I toasted my raw almonds in the oven for about 10 minutes first and added a splash of vanilla and a little extra cinnamon. They are awesome! I buy the big plastic container of raw almonds from Target (store brand) which is about 5 cups. Once cooled I have a nice container to put them back into. Cover the label with some cute paper, tie a ribbon, you have a nice gift! (My hubby got his sweet gift for Sweetest Day!)

    Sarah    Wednesday, October 24, 2012
  36. Found these on pinterest. I made them today. SO EASY! I stirred on the stovetop for 5-7 minutes. It is obvious when the sugar starts to crystalized. I ate some at this point. Delicious. I also took others’ advice and roasted for additional 10 minutes in 350 degree oven. Just as good, if not BETTER! I would suggest taking the extra time for that step. Thank you so much for this awesome recipe!

    Lori    Friday, November 2, 2012
  37. So wonderful tasting and so easy! I stirred for 8-10 minutes and they turned out great and were a huge hit in the household. I can’t wait to go buy some nuts in bulk! p.s. I used almonds and cashews, both generic brands.

    Diann    Saturday, November 17, 2012
  38. Love your ideas. They’re colorful, inspiring and idiot proof (ok, maybe only the few I’ve seen, but I’m grateful for those nonetheless). A big hearty holidy thanks!

    Shelley    Sunday, December 2, 2012
  39. WOW!!! So easy!! Thank you!! Made a second batch with Pampered Chef’s Cinnamon Plus which adds nutmeg, allspice, orange peel, cloves and ginger… Yummmmmmm!!!!

    Conni    Saturday, December 8, 2012
  40. Hi – gonna be pinning this one.

    Just one question please — do you put the almonds in the pan immediately after you’ve mixed the sugar, water and cinnamon? Or do you wait for it to get syrup-y?

    Sheila    Saturday, December 8, 2012
  41. Hi Sheila–I put the almonds in with everything and stir it up together. xo B

    Brittany    Sunday, December 9, 2012
  42. what is the best way to store them until i put them in treat bags?

    missy    Saturday, December 15, 2012
  43. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!! Made these today and they are AWESOME!!! Tastes just like the Trader Joe ones I love so much. Yours was the first recipe I found that did not include egg white. My husband is allergic to eggs, so I was so excited when I found your blog and saw how you made them without egg. Merry Christmas!!

    Tammy the SnoopyNut    Sunday, December 16, 2012
  44. Just made this, and they are fantastic! By far the simplest recipe I have found, too! Thank you so much for sharing this!

    Annecreates    Sunday, December 23, 2012
  45. I made two batches of these. Delicious! The first batch I made with cinnamon and for the second patch I used pumpkin pie spice. Both were fabulous! I also added a teaspoon or so of vanilla with the water and sprinkled a little sea salt on the almonds. Thanks for the recipe.

    Christy    Saturday, January 26, 2013
  46. I used roasted salted almonds for this and they came out awesome my fiance loves them very good if you like that salty sweet taste as well

    Tiffany    Tuesday, March 12, 2013
  47. The recipe which you shared is awesome. I think, Mostly everyone likes to eat almonds because Almonds are good to health. Almonds are the most nutritious nuts because it is high in vitamins and minerals.

    almonds sweets spot    Saturday, September 28, 2013
  48. I made these last night and loved them. Thanks for sharing a very delicious and super easy recipe.

    Melissa    Friday, February 7, 2014
  49. Hi, I just made these swapping out regular sugar and using raw coconut crystals. I also put them in 350° oven for 10 minutes after crystalizing in pan. They turned out great!

    grace    Monday, February 17, 2014
  50. sorry for asking, what if I keep it in airtight container, how long can it be last? or may be your estimating?

    harry    Monday, September 15, 2014
  51. Hi harry–I think they would last at least a month in an airtight container. -B

    Brittany    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
  52. Can I use honey in place of the sugar? Will it crystallize with honey?

    Thanks,

    Lynda;)

    Lynda    Thursday, September 18, 2014
  53. Hi Lynda–I’ve never tried the almonds with honey. If you try it, let me know how it turns out!! -B

    Brittany    Friday, September 19, 2014

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