May 162011

Roasted Cinnamon Almonds

This recipe has a story…I used to buy this kind of almonds at Costco mainly during holiday time, and I’d go through many many jars. Initially my husband did not care for it, so I knew that the almonds were all for me and I had a sense of how long the almonds would last me. But one day he decided that he liked the almonds and I could see the almonds in the jars disappearing in front of my eyes very fast. That was not the issue…the issue was that Costco stopped carrying the product, and he even called the Costco buyer in Seattle. Well, that was the end of my cinnamon almonds until I searched the internet and saw many different versions of it. In the end, all worked for better. Not only I could manage the amount of sugar, the cost of these roasted cinnamon almonds came much cheaper than the Costco ones…so I am all happy again with my almonds. Be aware, these almonds are addictive! You cannot stop eating them once you start, so be careful…you have been alerted!

I took these almonds to work and a lot of people asked for the recipe, so here it is…


4 ½ cups almonds
1 egg white
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
3 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat the oven at 250F.

Add the vanilla extract to egg white and mix until slightly frothy. In another bowl mix the sugar, salt and the cinnamon, set aside.

Add the mix of egg white to the almonds and mix until all the almonds are covered with the egg white.

Add the sugar mix to the almonds covered with egg white and mix gently until all the almonds are covered with sugar.

Spread the almonds in prepared trays (I used 2 baking sheet) and bake for 1 hour at 250F, flipping the almonds every 20 minutes, so the almonds do not stick to the baking sheet.

Remove the almonds from the oven, let them cool completely and store in an airtight container.

Curiosity Corner Jan 2013
Did you know that almond is not a nut but a drupe? A drupe is a fruit that has a fleshy part in the outside with a hard shell with a seed inside. So almond is mainly sold with shelled or unshelled.

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  86 Responses to “Roasted Cinnamon Almonds”

  1. They definitely look a little too addictive!

  2. I love roasted almonds! Thanks for the recipe! Love the idea of making them myself… 🙂

  3. Oh Yum. Thanks for the warning. I just know I’ll love these delicious treats.

  4. Juliana these almonds look awesome, we love almonds! xxgloria

  5. These would be my downfall.

  6. My husband doesn’t like almonds either – but hearing your story, I’d better be careful if I make these!

  7. Oh my, I better not make these!! The look pretty addictive.

  8. I can imagine how addictive these must be…good thing you discovered a way to get your fix and won’t have to stash them away from hubby 🙂

  9. My husband and my dad will go crazy if I make this. I know it. It looks so good…they can’t stop eating once they start. Thanks for sharing this recipe… going to keep this for Father’s Day gift. Heheee

  10. This is the problem with husbands! You think you have them all trained and then they go and eat your almonds. Sheesh!

    Ah but I’m so glad you found the recipe! They do sound addictive!

  11. The perfect snack!!! These almonds look addictively awesome.

  12. Juliana, those almonds look amazing! They do look addictive, can’t say I blame your husband!

  13. Absolutely addictive ~ My hubby can eat that whole thing! 🙂
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  14. Boy oh boy am I in trouble! I just came from Reeni’s where she’s serving up Spicy Roasted Chick Peas and now gorgeous Roasted Cinnamon Almonds. I’m in heaven!!!

    Thanks for sharing, Juliana…GREAT save!!! I’d still stash some just in case:)

  15. Now I bet these are far superior to Costco. They look fabulous!

  16. Addictive!! I m sure if I make a jar of these, they would be finished in no time.I love nuts so much and always roast them at home as compared to buying from stores.I have a new flavor nw..thanks to you!

  17. I never even knew they had cinnamon almonds at Costco. As it is, I’m totally addicted to their big tubs of Marcona almonds. My husband buys me tubs of ’em regularly, and I’m the only one who eats them! LOL They are addicting.

  18. this sounds very addictive and so lovely:) thank you for sharing this with us and have a great day!

  19. They looks tempting and yummy! I’d love to try this…

  20. Oh I know what you mean about these. You buy a little bag and before you know it, the whole thing is gone! Well done for coming up with this recipe after they were discontinued!

  21. Warning heeded,…not going to do this even though I do have a packet of raw almonds in my fridge! ! don’t want to gain anymore weight than was needed lol! It looks too darn good!

  22. WOW … that looks so delicious! I can’t take my eyes off these yummy roasted almonds! Thanks Juliana 🙂

  23. So now I know almond is not a nut. Thanks for letting me know.

  24. I can totally relate with you. My husband is the same and these almonds sound like the perfect idea to make him happy!

  25. I would absolutely be addicted to these babies. I love almonds and cinnamon although I don’t believe I have tried them together as just a snack. I may be coming back here scolding you for introducing me to these. I just may…

  26. I buy these every Christmas from a vendor, now I’ll just make them homemade!! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  27. These look amazing and I could definitely see myself becoming addicted! I’m still going to make them though — they look too good for me to resist! 🙂

  28. Those are seriously addictive and tasty!

  29. I bet they are addictive. They look so yummy. Well i guess nuts are healthy so you can go nuts with it.

  30. Yum! These certainly look addictive!

  31. I love almonds, specially if you add a little flavor to it..

  32. You know, I’ve always made almonds with cumin and chilli, but never sweet ones. This has changed my mind – they look very delicious and moreish, and I’m going to try this recipe on the weekend. Thanks!

  33. I’ve never heard of a drupe, that is so interesting! This looks like the best snack ever. Any time you can dress up nuts a bit, I’m in!

  34. An awesome snack, they sound excellent with cinnamon!

  35. What a lovely sight, and an excellent serving for tea or for snack too:)
    Hmmm, I don’t mind cinnamon, but I am not a fan of almonds though, but I must say the photos make even the almonds look good. Have you tried this recipe with others, besides almonds? 🙂

  36. Juliana these bring back such wonderful memories and nostalgia as we used to buy these “mandoles” in Cyprus when I was a kid and loved them. I am definitely going to make them soon. Thanks for reminding me of them.

  37. Those looks yummy and addictive.

  38. I’m allergic to nuts but I can eat almonds. Thank God because these DO look really addicting. Thanks fir sharing this recipe, bookmarking it right now.

  39. Great job in making your own version! They do look like an addictive snack.

  40. This is my kind of recipe – i have been wanting to make this for years. Thanks for posting this – i am going to try this out. Nice post!

  41. Is this my favorite street food – roasted nuts????? Please save some for me! I love it! 🙂 I think the baking sheet is definitely a necessary investment 🙂
    Have a wonderful week, Juliana!

  42. cute story, Juliana! Costco often carries something really good and then it vanishes for no apparent reason. But this time it was to your benefit—better and cheaper roasted cinnamon almonds. they look great! and almonds are really good for you…

  43. Almonds (prepared in different ways) are so popular as an aperitif snack in Sicily and I love having them there, but never attempted to make them at home. Thanks sharing a lovely recipe 🙂

  44. Oh my goodness, I know what you mean. I just made something similar with walnuts and they are so, so addictive. And all gone now 🙁 Your recipe looks less sweet though, will try it.

  45. hahah quite hilarious how your husband just decided that he likes them like that. this is prob the easiest and tastiest way to eat almonds!! love how egg white are used to bind!!

  46. I love spicy nuts, and these look yummy. They make great gifts too. Too bad your husband discovered how good they are- now you have to share. 🙂

  47. I never thought of using egg white! My partner and I both love almonds and eat a lot of them. I’ll have to try this, they sound like a perfect treat!

  48. these are the kind of things you cant stop snacking on

  49. Juliana,
    Eu tb estou sempre a procurar receitas com amendoas tostadas, aqui só se vendem no Natal e sao realmente caras! Estou cheia de vontade de experiementar!

    bjs e uma excelente semana,

  50. Very excited you posted this! My uncle LOVED those almonds too, and was checking Costcos all over the country trying to find them. Now, I can make them for his birthday. Great present! Thanks.

  51. Loev cinnamon so yes this would be dangerous. And too cool this even beats Costco,s price! Did not know about the drupe but I have bought fresh almonds in Middle Eastern stores. They have a pale green shell and are do not taste like a dried almond but nice cut in salads.

  52. Wow, if my hubby saw this, there’s be no end to it! He loves sweet roasted almonds, which are really very expensive over here. I might just surprise him with a jar of this on Father’s Day! Thanks for sharing!

  53. simply love these..super yummy presentation..
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  54. delicious to snack

  55. This could be a dangerous snack for I might be popping them non-stop although almond is a relatively healthier nut 🙂

  56. That is a dangerous treat. So addictive! *drool*



  57. Interesting, I didn’t know almond was not a nut, and I didn’t know what a drup was. I suppose its similar to tomato which is a fruit but kept in the vegetable section, and eaten as a vegetable. Interesting blog and interesting recipes

  58. wow I can see why these almonds would be addictive

  59. Can I say that I love the “husband alert!” (I have been known to hide things from husband-person if I need them for later.) And that your husband called up Costco about these! What grand luck that he’s married to you. Another wife might have said, “oh well.” And yes. Of course. I will be making these. And I didn’t know that almonds were not nuts….

  60. Oh my gosh! These really look amazing, and so healthy too!

  61. I love spiced nut mixtures, and homemade is always better. Glad you were able to recreate your favorite almonds. I’ve been meaning to try the Union Square Cafe bar nuts recipe one of these days. I gotta get around to it 🙂

  62. Oooh I love seasoned almonds! These are the best on a cold day when you get them nice and warm!

  63. That is an irresistible snack!! They looks perfect and I know I would not be able to stop eating them if they come on my way 😀

  64. This look fabulous… I think I’ll make these for airplane snacks next time I fly!!

  65. Those look perfect! Candied nuts remind me of the holidays, but really, they’re PERFECT anytime. Gorgeous photos!!

  66. Ooh maybe try the supermarket for them? I roasted almonds… yum yum, they are VERY addictive!

  67. I make these every winter, but with pecans!! they are delish! thanks for sharing


  68. They look so inviting. Love your photos too.:)

  69. Oh how much you hate it when some packaged food you liked becomes unavailable in the market. I would have probably moved to something else.. but you created them at home and they looks super crunchy. 🙂

  70. I love the story behind your cinnamon almonds 🙂 I hate when the husband thinks the treats are theirs too! I love almonds and they are so good for us in moderation. I will try these since I have a big bag from Sam’s Club (I wish we had a Costco nearby).

  71. Does that mean black walnuts are drupes also? I love cinnamon almonds – nice recipe.

  72. How simple and so yummy! Thanks!

  73. you certainly know the way to my heart, juliana! this is the very best almonds can ever be! 🙂

  74. This is lovely! I am sure it’s tough to stop eating after putting the first one in my mouth 😉

  75. what a perfect snack! I would be addicted and eat way too many! 🙂

  76. What a perfect treat. These sound and look delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  77. This is a great snack. Would love to give this a try soon.

  78. I just love these things! I only make candied nuts a gifts though, because if I have them around the house, it’s just way too easy to eat tons at time. They’re simply addictive!

  79. I make something similar around the holidays and you are absolutely right; they’re completely addictive! Your version is perfect.

  80. Perhaps Costco were trying to do you a favour and help your addiction by discontinuing the product 😉

    Well done on doing it yourself, they look delicious!

  81. Mmmm, best snack food I can think of! Love almonds with cinnamon. Have a great week, Juliana!

  82. Mmm these look amazing to snack on and almonds are great for you! They often have things like this for sale at festivals I go to — good to know they’re so easy to make for myself.

  83. I just love this recipe. I could snack on these all day long;-)

  84. this sounds really addictive, hope to make this one day!