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A Year of Slow Cooking

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sugared Cinnamon Almonds Slow Cooker Recipe

Last week I posted a Wasabi Roasted Almonds recipe, and I got a bunch of emails asking for Cinnamon Sugared almonds. So here you go!
(I actually made these a few months ago but forgot to post the recipe. I blame the baby.)

(is that bad?)

The Ingredients.
serves 10
cooking spray
1 1/2 cups sugar (try not to freak out on me)
3 tablespoons cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 egg white
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/4 cups whole raw almonds (that's what was in the packages I bought; it's a weird measurement)
aluminum foil or parchment paper
The Directions.

Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Spray the stoneware well with cooking spray. In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set this bowl aside.
In a larger mixing bowl, whisk together the egg white and vanilla extract. Pour the almonds into this bowl and stir well to coat. Add your cinnamon mixture to the top of the nuts and toss with spoons to fully coat (too many nuts to do the plastic bag toss---you'd have to do batches). 
Put the almonds into the slow cooker and cover. Cook on high for 2 hours, stirring every 20-30 minutes or so to keep the almonds on the side of the crock from getting too crispy.

When the nuts are all hot and toasty, let them cool fully on a length of foil or parchment paper. When fully cool, store in an air-tight container.

The Verdict.

I never had the chance to store my almonds in an air-tight container. Adam and the kids kept taste-testing them, and my dad came over to borrow a drill (or some tool, I wasn't really paying attention, and this was a while ago) and I left the house to go to Trader Joe's. 
When I got back, there were about 6 nuts left and cinnamon and sugar was strewn all over the countertop.

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36 comments:

Amy said...

Great recipes - I actually made these yesterday using my own (similar) recipe - I avoid sugar so used an equal amount of granulated Splenda instead.

Katieburst said...

This is great! I see that the year of slow cooking must have been great! I just found your blog, and I have always wanted to try using my slow cooker more!

If ALL your recipes were Gluten Free, I might just do every recipe you do....but maybe I can find a GF version....?

Anyway, great blog! I look forward to looking through all your recipes!

Katieburst said...

How do I "follow" your blog? There is no link on your home page.

Babymama said...

I wonder if you could replace the sugar with brown sugar?

Amie said...

LOL...I take it they liked them! :) Almonds are one of those things that is (are?) hard to stop eating. Yummy and crunchy and addictive--specially with all the sugar! Mmmmm....

Stephanie O'Dea said...

katieburst, my almost-6-year-old has celiac, and we keep our home gluten free. everything on the site and in the books is gf.
does "follow" mean subscribe? there's a link at the top of the page under the header to subscribe through feedburner, if you'd like.

babymama, sure! I don't see why not.

Amy, great idea. I haven't played much with splenda, but keeping hearing great things.

Amie, yup. I shouldn't have left them unattended. :-)

xoxo

Luvy said...

Sounds dee-lish! I don't know how I missed the wasabi recipe, but I'm going to look for it now. Yummy!

Wendy said...

OMGsh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am TOTALLY making these STAT!!!! What awesome holiday gifts for neighbors, teachers, and other special people in our lives :)

Both my 7 year old daughter and I have celiac and this is a GO TO site for us :)

I copied your home URL and "added" it on my blogger dashboard to "follow" you. I also have you linked to my blogroll AND I listed you to a linky on a tab at the top of my homepage....your site is a valuable resource to the GF community EVERYWHERE!

LOVE YOU XXXXX :)

BTW, my daughter also has Type 1 Diabetes.....I may a Splenda version -- not sure yet...she can have sugar without any problem as long as we give her the insulin her body needs to break it down into a fuel source.

THANKS!

Janie said...

YUMMMMMMM!!! I was thinking what great pressies these would make to xx

O.M.G. said...

i love buying these at the store and had no idea i could make them. just put a batch in about an hour ago and now the house smells so yummy! we have a 13 hr drive tomorrow so we look forward to this great snack of protein and sugar to keep us going. thank you, thank you, thank you!

Kennedy's said...

I love the christmas gift idea. We are trying to do all homemade gifts this year and those would be great!

Ginger said...

Is 3 1/4 cups of almonds about a pound? Can't wait to try these, thanks for sharing the recipe.

Sarah said...

These look great! I love the idea of trying Splenda or brown sugar too. I like it when there are easy ways to vary a recipe and keep things interesting. I like almonds but I LOVE pecans - I'll bet pecans would be great too, especially if you use brown sugar. It would remind me of the pecan topping we put on our sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving!

quinn said...

Just want to say how much I'm enjoying these posts, Steph! I really missed the daily posts after "the year" ended. Now I'm revisiting many of those recipes and trying more of them, too!

Jessica said...

Try pumpkin pie spice instead of cinnamon!

tiffiny said...

Thanks for this recipe! My son has multiple food allergies and this is one snack he will be able to eat. Thanks for broadening our food choices :)

Sarah said...

my daughter is having her tonsils out in the AM and I will be stuck in the house all week and was planning on trying out some new recipes. This one is now at the tops of my list, I LOVE ALMONDS!!

Josee said...

OMGoshiness ...yes, these are Christmas presents for the neighbors (if i don't eat them all first). thank you!

Fortress of Awesome said...

I am going to make these this week. My hubby loves candied almonds, thanks so much for the recipe :D

I am loving Crocktober, what a great idea!

BTW, you and I have baby daughters the same age. I see nothing wrong with playing the "baby card" when I forget things. My awesome FIL says it is just a case of baby brain - that the lil kiddo took all your brain cells when growing for 9 months and it takes a few years to get them all back ;)

Keep on Crocking!
Heidi

Mandyland said...

Oh wow. This is going onto the Christams gift list. They look amazingly yummy!

icangels222 said...

I want to try this recipe... sounds good, and this would be great for gift giving.

gfe--gluten free easily said...

Oh, I love these almonds. I never felt like making them before, but in the crockpot ... genius!

Hugs,
Shirley

CZ said...

I made these this weekend!! They are WAY too good (and easy!) I keep trying to think of reasons to make some more. Yummy!
(I brought these to a get together and my friend brought your Pumpkin Spice Latte. Nice fall pairing!)

Anonymous said...

I made these this weekend and they were so delicious that I can't believe you shared the recipe! These would be a great holiday/hostess gift in a cute jar. My hubby and I will no longer go to the mall or other stores that have these and pay $6 for about 15 nuts. It took us about $13 to make them at home, and we made 1.5 batches. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Lisa in CO said...

I made these today with the kids on the first day of Fall Break. I used Splenda due to sugar issues, and I swear, these are like crack.

Thanks Steph!
Lisa

Sheila Bennett said...

Made these yesterday - they are DELICIOUS!! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe. Tastes like those expensive nuts they sell at the mall - that I am too cheap to buy very often. :)

Washington Mom said...

A HUGE hit in our house tonight!! I wasn't too sure about adding the cinnamon, but I gave it a shot. My hubby and kids LOVED them!! Thanks again for another great recipe!

Kit said...

I am sitting here trying to NOT eat all of the almonds from the batch I made today and am not having much success. The sugared almondsy are amazing! I used brown sugar and added a half-teaspoon of ground cloves. I wound up with a bout a cup of crunchy spiced brown sugar crumbles (I was perhaps a wee bit generous with the brown sugar, yanno?) .... which will end up as a topping on toast (my son's idea) and/or coffee cake.

Lori :-) said...

I've made these a number of times since finding this recipe, they are SOOOOOO good, hubby and I just keep eating them! And have started making them and vacuum sealing for Christmas gifts. I also tried a batch replacing the cinnamon with cocoa. The turned out GREAT as well. They kind of taste like cocoa-puffs cereal.

Anonymous said...

Oh. my. gosh. This is the PERFECT recipe!!! I Very easy, and I love that I can just throw it in the crockpot and forget it. I can also see the potential for TONS of sweet and savory variations. I'm making a big batch to give away for Christmas. Thank you so much!!!

Californiutahan said...

So yummy! Just came out of the crockpot and have already eaten a couple. I'll definitely make these again! And they were so easy! I didn't have to stir and stir and stir!

Also, for people who were wondering: 1 lb. of almonds is almost exactly right.

Sarah said...

I just made a batch of these with pecan halves. I picked a small one to try and as soon as I tasted it I though "oh.my.gosh." I haven't told my husband they're ready because I'm not sure I want to share. I need to bag them up for gift-giving tomorrow before I eat them all! Thanks, as always, for the great and super easy recipe.

amber said...

I made these for Christmas and they were such a hit! People actually thought I bought them, but let's be honest, these are soooo much better than the pre-purchased ones. Thanks!! :)

Lisa said...

I just made these, they're amazing!!! It's a whole lot easier than how we've been making them in a pan on the stove, and they taste better. :)

steph gas said...

making these for the first time today. i can't wait to eat them - i love love love cinnamon and i really like almonds. i'm hoping to make a few batches and bag them up as favors for my graduation party this weekend :D

KimberlyO said...

These are AMAZING! I made my first two pound batch on Friday night, only adding an extra egg white to accommodate the extra almonds. YUMMY! I'm making another two pound batch right now. One thing that I did differently was to use a gallon size Ziploc. I put in one pound of almonds and then poured the egg white/vanilla combo in and shook. Then I poured in half of the sugar/cinnamon mix and shook. I poured those into the crock pot. (I did this again to the second pound.) Way less mess for me, although maybe I'm the only one who had sugar and cinnamon all over the counter from the first batch and using spoons to toss the almonds. ;) I also stirred them every 30 minutes. It smells SO good in here!! Thank you for sharing this recipe (two years ago)!!! I am so glad I stumbled upon it. This is going to be a holiday repeat every year for sure.

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