Almonds are totally the best nut.
They beat out peanuts, walnuts, pecans.
Really, the only nut that even comes close is the pistachio. I do love my pistachios.
We usually have a big ol’ bag of roasted, lightly-salted almonds (and, well, pistachios, for that matter) in our pantry for snacking.
And, not only are almonds delicious, they’re also high in protein and fiber and other useful nutrients.
So, I figure…why not throw some sugar at ’em, right?
I’m glad you’re with me on this one.
Now, I don’t have the best track record for roasting nuts. I tend to burn the dang things all the time.
There’s something about having to stay right by the oven and be ready at all times to toss them and to make sure they don’t burn that doesn’t jive well with me.
Those buggers can burn fast!
So, you can imagine my excitement when I realized I can make a sugared almonds recipe on the stove top. That sounded MUCH easier and right up my alley.
I like my easy allies.
If you’ve never made a sugared almonds recipe before, I recommend you use raw almonds as opposed to roasted almonds. While you wont get quite as much of a crunch with the raw almonds, they will have the best overall flavor and will release just the right amount of moisture to make this recipe work perfectly.
If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind crunch, your best bet will be to actually roast them. But, let me remind you of this easy alley. And the tastiness.
Be warned, these sugared almonds are a-ddict-ing. Like SO addicting you wont be able to handle it.
You’ll think, “Okay, last bite” over and over and over again.
But it’s okay…’cuz they’re good for you, right?
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cups raw almonds
- In a small bowl, combine, the granulated sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, and kosher salt and mix well.
- Heat the water over medium-high heat in a skillet or sauce pan.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
- Add the sugar mixture to the water and stir to combine.
- Once the mixture reaches a low boil, add the almonds and stir to coat evenly.
- Continue to cook on medium-high heat while the liquid cooks down and begins to thicken, approx. 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
- As the liquid almost completely dries up, be sure to stir constantly. The liquid will turn into a flaky, sugary, crystallized coating.
- Once the nuts have the crystallized, coating, pour out evenly on the baking sheet and allow to cool.