Welcome to another week of the 12 Weeks of Christmas Treats, a weekly blogging event hosted by Meal Planning Magic. If you haven’t been by in the past, you probably don’t know that I love dressing up nuts for a quick, easy, and super tasty snack at parties. It’s become a staple at my annual holiday party. I’ve done Crock-Pot Sugared Nuts and Mixed Spiced Nuts in the past, but I think this recipe is my favorite. I love the sweet vanilla flavor. And it’s done in 30 minutes – a nice little recipe to keep in your back pocket for last minute guests this holiday season.
Adapted from Taste of Home via That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Makes 4 cups
- 1/3 c. granulated sugar
- 1/3 c. light brown sugar, packed
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 egg whites, at room temperature
- 1 Tbs. vanilla
- 1/2 Tbs. vanilla paste (optional)
- 4 c. unsalted almonds
Preheat oven to 300º. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together both sugars, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, whisk egg whites until frothy, about a minute. Whisk in vanilla and vanilla paste (if using).
Stir in almonds until they’re completely coated. Pour half of sugar mixture over almonds and stir. Pour remaining sugar mixture over almonds and stir until almonds are evenly coated.
Spread almonds in an even layer on the prepared baking sheets. Bake 20-25 minutes, stirring the almonds and rotating the pans midway through baking.
Remove from oven and allow to cool completely on baking sheets before moving to an airtight container.