Candied Almonds (Cinnamon Roasted Almonds)

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This candied almonds recipe is easy to make with 6 ingredients. Homemade cinnamon roasted almonds are even more delicious than the nuts you can get at the mall or fair!

a bowl of candied almonds
Candied Almonds


These homemade candied almonds are better than the cinnamon roasted nuts you find at the mall or fair (like these cinnamon sugar pecans)! They are easy to make with only 6 ingredients and make your house smell like absolute heaven while they’re roasting! 

These cinnamon roasted almonds can be eaten warm as a sweet snack, served as a salad topper, etc.  They also make great gifts for friends and neighbors for the holidays! Wrap them in a cute cellophane bag or mason jar and give your loved ones an extra special treat they will love!

Plus, they’re freezer-friendly, so you can make a large batch and munch on them for months! 

overhead view of a bowl of candied almonds

Candied Almonds: Ingredients & Substitutions

overhead view of the labeled ingredients in this candied almonds recipe
  • Raw Almonds. Use raw, unsalted almonds in this recipe. I don’t recommend any substitutions, although I have had other people using a variety of nuts with great success (try these candied pecans and candied walnuts)!
  • Egg white. I do not recommend making any substitutes for the egg white. 
  • Vanilla Extract. Technically you can substitute 1 Tablespoon water for the vanilla extract, although I do not recommend that substitution. Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor. 
  • Granulated Sugar. Regular granulated sugar and organic cane sugar are the two varieties I have used to make these cinnamon sugar almonds. 
  • Fine Sea Salt. If you only have iodized table salt, you will need to cut the amount of salt in half. 
  • Ground Cinnamon. Use a high-quality ground cinnamon for the absolute best flavor.
overhead view of a bowl of candied almonds

How to Make Candied Almonds

This candied almonds recipe is so easy! As always, we’ll walk through the process step-by-step, and don’t forget to watch the video. 

Begin by combining the sugar, sea salt, and cinnamon in a medium bowl, then set it aside.

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Next, beat the egg white and vanilla with a whisk until frothy (about 1 minute). I use whisk and beat by hand, but you could use a hand-held mixer. 

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Then, add the almonds to wet mixture and stir until evenly coated.

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Once the almonds are coated, sprinkle the dry ingredients over the almonds and stir until evenly distributed. Make sure to scrape any extra cinnamon sugar mixture off the sides and bottom of the bowl and incorporate it into the almonds.

two overhead photos showing How to Make Candied Almonds

Spread the almonds evenly, in a single layer, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Even if they look done after 45 minutes trust me and bake for the full hour. Baking them low and slow is the key to the best candied almonds that retain their crispiness (no soggy almonds here) and light texture. 

After one hour remove the almonds from the oven, give them a final stir and let them cool on the baking sheet or enjoy them warm!

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Serve

There is no wrong way to enjoy these cinnamon almonds. I can’t keep my family away from them, so many end up getting eating warm, straight off the baking sheet. Here are some other suggestions: 

overhead view of candied almonds after roasting on a baking sheet

Store

This cinnamon roasted almonds recipe makes a lot of nuts. I always make the full recipe and enjoy some, then freeze the rest for later. I like to have them on hand to pull out and use on salads or eat as a snack. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. 

Freeze

  1. Let roasted almonds cool completely
  2. Transfer to a freezer-friendly, airtight container. 
  3. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 
  4. Let thaw at room temperature and enjoy! They thaw very quickly, and even taste great frozen! 
up close photo of Candied Almonds

Recipe FAQS

How long do candied almonds last?

These last for up to 1 week at room temperature, 2 weeks in the refrigerator, and 2 months in the freezer.

Can you freeze this recipe?

Yes! These freeze very well. Let them cool completely then store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Why are my candied almonds soft?

If they are soft you likely did not bake them long enough. Follow the directions exactly. If you did and still ended up with soft almonds, it’s likely your oven isn’t heating to the correct temperature. Use an oven thermometer to check and make sure it’s heating properly.

overhead view of a bowl of candied almonds

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Candied Almonds (Cinnamon Sugar Almonds)

Laura
This Candied Almonds Recipe is easy to make with just 6 ingredients. These cinnamon roasted almonds are even more delicious than the nuts you can get at the mall or fair, and they're freezer-friendly so you can make a batch and enjoy them for months as a snack, on top of salads, etc. 
5 from 110 votes
Course Appetizer, condiment, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 Servings (2 TBS each)
Calories 136
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 250 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet. (Do NOT use parchment paper or foil. Bake directly on the greased pan).
  • In a small bowl, combine sugar, sea salt, and cinnamon, set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whip egg white and vanilla with a whisk until frothy (about 1 minute).
  • Add almonds to wet mixture and stir until evenly coated.
  • Once almonds are coated, sprinkle the dry ingredients over the almonds and stir until evenly distributed. Make sure to scrape any extra cinnamon sugar mixture off the sides and bottom of the bowl and incorporate it into the almonds.
  • Spread the almonds evenly, in a single layer, on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake at 250 degrees F for 1 hour. Stir every 15 minutes. Even if they look done after 45 minutes trust me and bake for the full hour.
  • After one hour remove the almonds from the oven, give them a final stir and let them cool on the baking sheet or enjoy them warm!
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer!

Video

Notes

Ingredient Substitutions
  • Raw Almonds. Use raw, unsalted almonds. I don’t recommend any substitutions, although I have had other people using a variety of nuts with great success.
  • Egg white. I do not recommend making any substitutes for the egg white. 
  • Vanilla Extract. Technically you can substitute 1 TBS water for the vanilla extract, although I do not recommend that substitution. Use pure vanilla extract for the best flavor. 
  • Granulated Sugar. Regular granulated sugar and organic cane sugar are the two varieties I have used to make these cinnamon sugar almonds. 
  • Fine Sea Salt. If you only have iodized table salt, you will need to cut the amount of salt in half. 
  • Ground Cinnamon. Use a high-quality ground cinnamon for the absolute best flavor.
Store
Store candied almonds in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. 
Freeze
  1. Let almonds cool completely
  2. Transfer to a freezer-friendly, airtight container. 
  3. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. 
  4. Let thaw at room temperature and enjoy! They thaw very quickly, and even taste great frozen! 

Nutrition

Serving: 2TBS | Calories: 136kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 99mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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104 Comments

    1. The parchment paper can soak up the cinnamon sugar mixture instead of it being fully incorporated into the almonds.

  1. 5 stars
    I used brown sugar rather than white (because it’s all I had) and added a little nutmeg and clove, they turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. I want to make this but I only have oven roasted almonds to use (not raw). What adjustments might I need to make?

  3. 5 stars
    So delicious!!! Has a buttery taste to me but no butter used. Simple and results are addictive. Saved this recipe will be making often. Thank you for sharing.

  4. 5 stars
    the bomb thank you so much, what would I add if want to have a couple of slighthly different flavor as I am making these for my sons celebration of life, Thank you so much