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?
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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 add the almonds to your slow cooker. 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 (I didn’t want to wait so I put mine in a 200 degree oven for 15 minutes and then let them cool). When they were completely cooled I stored them in an airtight container. As long as they are stored this way they should be good for several weeks.
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.
P.S. Check out these other great ideas for neighbor gifts this year:
Christmas homemade hot chocolate gift jars from 365 Days of Slow Cooking
10 Handmade Neighbor Gift Ideas from TidyMom
Holiday Neighbor Gifts from Our Best Bites
50 Neighbor Gift Ideas from I Heart Naptime