Crockpot Cinnamon Candied Almonds
Have you ever been to a football game or the mall and all of a sudden you smell this intense cinnamon scent and you realize you can’t go on until you try the cinnamon almonds that have made you stop in your tracks?
Me too. But then I see the price and think “WHAT?! I’ll just make them at home.” And now you can make them at home too. In the slow cooker. And it’s easy. And your house will smell amazing. And if you’re feeling really generous you can package them in cellophane and give them to your neighbors as Christmas gifts (I’ve included a cute gift tag in this post! Scroll down to print it off, no color printer needed).
Warning: these are addictive. Generally, I don’t really care for nuts but these are really really good and I have to tell myself “Karen, you can only have 5 almonds and then you have to put them on the top shelf of the pantry.” And then I put them on the top shelf but that doesn’t really stop me, does it? Snack attack is coming on strong all day long!
Cinnamon and Sugar Almond Ingredients
- 2 egg whites—The egg white acts as a binder for the flavor to the nuts. It also acts similar to merguine when it hits the heat, creating a fine crunchy coating. It helps prevent an oily vibe from the nuts as well.
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 5 cups dry roasted almonds—I bought mine at Costco. You can substitute out the almonds and use pecans, cashews, walnuts or other nut of choice.
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons cinnamon
Step by Step Slow Cooker Cinnamon Almonds Instructions (with pictures)
To make these cinnamon almonds, the first thing you’ll want to do is separate two egg whites from the yolks. It’s not hard, but you will get your hands a little dirty.
Then you’ll pour the sugar mixture onto the egg/almond mixture. Coat all those almonds as much as possible with the sugar. Then you’ll toss the almonds into your crock pot. I cooked mine on high for about 2 1/2 hours (you can also cook on low for 4-5 hours). I went ahead and stirred my almonds every 30 minutes. I was just at home and set a timer for myself so I wouldn’t forget. This way the almonds get broken up and get coated evenly with the sugar. If you stir thoroughly they won’t stick as much to the bottom and sides of the slow cooker.
After they are cooked in the crockpot you’ll pour the almonds on to a parchment lined pan. At this point I broke up any remaining chunks of almonds and let them cool and dry out. The longer you let the almonds cool before bagging or storing the crunchier they’ll stay. Don’t bag or store while warm, they’ll sweat ruining the crunchy cinnamon coating.
When they were completely cooled store them in an airtight container with an lid. As long as they are stored this way they should be good for several weeks.
Tools to help you make the best candied almonds
- Slow Cooker* – I used a 6 quart slow cooker
- Treat bags* – These almonds make really cute gifts! Perfect for Christmas neighbor and teacher gifts.
- Hand Mixer*– You’ll need to mix the egg whites until frothy.
- Large Mixing Bowl*
- Baking Sheet* – These are my favorite baking sheets! You don’t need nonstick spray or parchment.
Gifting these almonds
Do you want to give these as a neighbor gift? Print off my cute printable “Happy Holidays from your Nutty Neighbors!” You can package these in cellophane* and attach a tag with some ribbon and boom you’re ready to gift. You could even buy these Avery Labels and stick the tags right to the bags*. So easy! (Can I just tell you how much I love Amazon Prime and free shipping in my life?).
Crunchy candied almonds made in your slow cooker.
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 5 cups dry roasted almonds
- 1 1/2 cups white sugar
- 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 3 Tbsp cinnamon
- In a bowl, beat 2 egg whites with a hand mixer or whisk until foamy but not yet to the soft peak stage. Add vanilla into the egg whites. Add almonds into the egg whites. Fold the almonds into the
egg whites until each almond is coated with the egg.
- In a separate bowl, stir together white sugar, brown sugar, salt and cinnamon. Then pour the sugar mixture into the almonds. Stir well to coat each almond with sugar.
- Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add almonds to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or on low for 4-5 hours. Set a timer and stir the almonds every 30 minutes.
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour almonds onto the parchment and separate chunks of almonds and let cool. When almonds are cooled, enjoy! Store almonds in airtight container. Almonds will stay good for several weeks.
- Method: Slow Cooker
More Christmas Ideas…
- Christmas homemade hot chocolate gift jars
- Hot Chocolate Bombs
- Christmas Tree Bread
- Chocolate Covered Pretzels
- Apple Cider (Instant Pot)
More recipes you’ll love with CINNAMON
- Instant Pot Cinnamon Banana Oatmeal
- Instant Pot Cracker Barrel Cinnamon Apples
- Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls
- Oatmeal Cinnamon Pancake Mix