I searched high and low for an easy and delicious almond recipe for a holiday treat to give to friends, neighbors, etc. For most recipes, reviews were mixed and/or they just didn’t come out as expected or pictured. So, I came up with my own! Keep in mind…this is a large batch as most recipes use half the amount of almonds. This recipe made enough to fill a dozen half pint size mason jars with a bit leftover to snack on. Honestly though, I would make this size batch whether gifting or not because they are addictive and go fast!
Total cook time: 4 hours
What you need:
6 cups raw almonds
4 tsp vanilla extract
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbsp cinnamon
1.5 cup sugar
1.5 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup water
2 cookie sheets
6 quart Slow cooker (I use a Hamilton Beach Set & Forget)
How to do it:
- In large bowl wisk egg whites and vanilla together until frothy.
- Add almonds to egg mixture. Stir to coat almonds.
- In medium bowl, mix sugars, cinnamon and salt.
- Add sugar mixture to almonds and stir.
- Spray or lightly grease slow cooker.
- Add almonds to slow cooker. Cover. Set on LOW.
- Cook for 3 hours, stirring every 20 minutes. They will look very dry like stirring in sand if you will.
- At the end of the third hour, add 1/2 cup water and stir. They will get very dark, shiny, sticky and gooey. Don’t worry! Keep cooking on low and stirring for one more hour. In the last hour I stirred them more frequently, about every 10-15 minutes. This helped prevent burning and the water absorbed quicker getting them back to a dry state, but deliciously candied!
- At the end of the fourth hour, scoop out the almonds (if you have a slotted spoon handy it works great so you scoop less excess sugar that has settled at the bottom of the crock) and spread almonds on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Separate any big clumps of almonds. They will have a sugary texture, not glazed.
- Let cool for 1.5-2 hours before packaging. If serving rather than packaging…slightly warm is okay and is over the moon yummy!
**I’m tempted to add some ground cloves next time. I think that would be a great add. If you try it before me, let me know what you think!
These remind me of the ones we get while waiting in line to see Santa! I made my first batch for Christmas to give in decorated mason jars for friends, neighbors and co-workers. The next batch will be all for our family gathering. We’ll see how long they last…hope I get some! 😋