Saturday, December 19, 2009

Candied Almonds........Easy to make!

I love candied nuts, and always wondered how "they did it". Well, I made them this year, and they are surprisingly easy. Everything I used came from my Food Storage, and yes I have nuts in my storage as well.

Here is the recipe:


  • 2 Cups Almonds

  • 1/4 Cup Honey

  • 2 Tablespoons butter

  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar

  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon

Here are the steps to make this simple treat:

Place the raw almonds on a cookie sheet. Turn the oven on to 350 degrees and roast for 12-20 minutes stirring occasionally to avoid burning and to ensure the nuts are roasted.

Bring the honey an butter to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for ~2 minutes. Remember to stir periodically.

While the mixture is simmering, add the almonds and simmer for 2 minutes.

Remove the almonds from the mixture with a slotted spoon and place on a well-oiled cookie sheet. Spread them out in a single layer to cool. Mix the sugar and cinnamon together and toss the almonds in it. Return the almonds to the cookie sheet and place back in the oven under the broiler for a few seconds to allow the sugar to melt and caramelize. Watch it closely so that the nuts do not burn.

Cool the nuts before placing them into you container(s). Also, you may wish to break some apart as the melted sugar may have bonded some together.

As you see, I use a lot of cellophane bags. You can also purchase bags with printed decoration to make the gift more festive. Be sure you do a lot, because you will have a hard time fighting off your family before you give the nuts as gifts.

Christmas Gift!


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