Can you go wrong with candying anything? Especially some tasty almonds. Add in a bit of cinnamon and vanilla and you can easily make these cinnamon candied sliced almonds.
If you like almonds, you will love this simple cinnamon candied sliced almonds recipe. This is super easy and delicious, and it’s great for topping salads or ice cream, and as a sweet snack. They are somewhat similar to my candied walnuts, though those end up a bit more on the caramelized side of sugar than the flavored crystals that form on the almonds here.
When you add these almonds to a sweet treat, it adds extra flavor and crunch to the recipe. Candied almonds are also a great addition to baked goods like bread, brownies, cookies, muffins, and cake. I made these almonds specifically to pair with my almond and berry salad.
For a sweet, savory snack, make your own delicious cinnamon candied sliced almonds. They’re easy to make, inexpensive, and taste great. Read on for more details and the final recipe.
Ingredients and Tools Needed
I love a simple recipe, and this one fits the bill.
And good news – you don’t need any super fancy equipment or tools to make candied almonds. No double boilers, candy thermometers, or candy molds.
All I used besides the measuring cups were a wide frying pan, a spatula, and some parchment paper. So, most kitchens should be equipped to make this recipe.
There are a few basic ingredients that need to be in place for this: sliced almonds, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and a bit of water.
Making cinnamon candied sliced almonds is easy.
A sweet, cinnamon flavor pairs perfectly with the kind of toasted flavor that the almonds take on when cooking them with this process.
Candied Almonds Process
Essentially, we’ll be boiling the almonds in a flavored sugar syrup to get the candied sliced almonds.
Start the process by combining all of the ingredients except the almonds in a large frying pan. Make sure to stir everything together until well mixed before turning on the heat.
Then turn the heat up to medium and stir constantly. The sugar will begin to heat up and melt. And then the whole mixture will start simmering and bubbling up.
And that is the time to strike with the almonds.
Pour in the sliced almonds and stir to mix them in so that all the almonds get coated in some of the sugar mixture. Then keep on stirring as you let it cook. The sugar will start to kind of crystallize on the top sides of the pan first. Then on the almonds and the bottom of the pan.
The main trick is to pull them off the heat before either the sugar or the almonds start to burn. When the sugar mixture is no longer liquid, crystallizes on the almonds, and is fully coating the bottom of the pan, then it is time to remove them from the heat.
Spread them out on parchment paper and let them cool.
Storing Candied Sliced Almonds
Because this makes a decently large batch of candied sliced almonds, you will likely need to store some of the almonds.
They can easily be stored in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container. They should keep for a few weeks at room temperature in the pantry.
For longer storage, put them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two months, or the freezer for up to 4 months. To prevent them from absorbing moisture while in colder storage, I recommend wrapping the almonds in plastic wrap before putting them in the airtight container.
The best part about these candied sliced almonds is that they can be used on so many different occasions—you can serve them as a sweet snack, or you could sprinkle them onto a salad, over ice cream, in oatmeal, and even as a topping for cake.
Try them on whatever could use a sweet, nutty crunch.
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Cinnamon Candied Sliced AlmondsCourse: Condiment, ToppingDifficulty: Intermediate
The crystallized cinnamon-vanilla sugar on these candied sliced almonds lends a perfectly flavored crunch that can top salads, ice cream, and more
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups almond slivers
- In a wide nonstick frying pan, combine the white sugar, brown sugar, water, cinnamon, and vanilla extract and mix well
- Place the pan on the stovetop, turn the heat up to medium, and bring the mixture to a simmer while stirring constantly
- When the sugar mixture begins bubbling, add in the sliced almonds and stir thoroughly so that all of them get coated
- Continue to cook and stir the mixture until the water evaporates and crystallizes onto the almonds – it will also crystallize on the sides and bottom of the pan
- When all of the moisture is gone, the sugar has all crystallized, and it begins to smell of toasted almonds, pour the almonds out onto a sheet of parchment paper, spread them out with a spatula, and let them cool for at least 10 minutes
- Use the candied almonds or store them in an airtight container
- You can grease the parchment paper with a bit of butter to help prevent sticking
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