This was the first recipe I ever posted – and I think it’s worth repeating. These are so yummy for the holidays, and healthy, too! We make these spiced almonds every year at Christmas time. They are very popular over here for snacking, and I also make extras to give as gifts. One of our friends really likes them, and I always send a bag over to his house for his family to eat.
It’s a super easy recipe from Everyday Food Magazine, and I’ve lightly adapted it since my original post.
Sweet 'N Spicy Roasted Almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place almonds on a cookie sheet in a single layer and roast for about 10 minutes. Mix sugars, salt, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
Pour maple syrup, oil, and water into a large skillet and heat for a couple of minutes. Stir. Add toasted almonds and stir so they are all coated.
Transfer nuts to the large bowl with the sugar mixture using a slotted spoon,(don’t pour the extra liquid into the bowl); stir to coat. Cool in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then store in an airtight container.
If you are not a fan of spicy things, then you might want to cut back on the amount of cayenne pepper. It does give these almonds quite a kick! They keep well in a sealed container – a glass jar or a Tupperware container works nicely.
What holiday recipes do you make to give as gifts?