Candied Almonds

My dad loves any type of nut; cashews, pecans, macadamias, he’ll pretty much nosh on anything you put in front of him, but almonds are probably his favorite. Every Valentine’s Day my mom would drive us across town to the local candy shop to pick up a pound of chocolate covered almonds. We would have them wrapped at the store in heinous foil wrapping paper and eagerly present them to him when he got home from work. In typical dad awesomeness, he always pretended as though he had no idea what was enclosed in the small foil wrapped box.

About 5 years ago, I was wondering through our local mall and noticed an enticing sugary aroma wafting through the air. Being a sugar freak, I followed the intriguing smell directly to a counter that was roasting and glazing all types of nuts perfectly packaged in cellophane cones. I just so happened to be headed back home that weekend, so I picked up three pack and tucked them away for my dad. As you may have guessed, these sugary almonds were his version of bliss.

This weekend, I thought I’d try my hand at making a version of these Candy Coated Almonds in my own kitchen. The process is really simple and as a little bonus, the sweet blend of vanilla and almonds will fill your house with an amazing scent. Trust me, after one whiff of the vanilla goodness, your family will be hanging out in the kitchen just waiting for these babies to cool down enough to start eating them.

Package these delectable candy coated nuts in small cellophane bags or serve them up in homemade parchment cones and you’ll have the perfect homemade gift for any nut lover! I added little felt hearts to my cones for a little Valentine’s Day flair.

Bavarian Vanilla Almonds {Candied Nuts}

Yield: one pound candied nuts


1 egg white
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract if you are using regular granulated sugar instead of vanilla sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 pound almonds or pecans
3/4 cup of vanilla sugar (if you do have vanilla sugar, simply substitute regular granulated sugar)
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 ½ teaspoons of Vanilla Fleur de Sel (if you do not have Vanilla Fleur de Sel simply substitute fine grain sea salt)


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. In a large bowl, combine egg white, vanilla extract and water. Beat mixture until frothy. Stir in almonds and mix to coat.

3. Gently combine sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and stir into almond mixture, thoroughly coating all nuts.

4. Evenly spread nuts onto prepared baking sheet and place into oven.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes.

6. When cool, pack in an airtight jar. They will keep at room temperature for about 2 weeks.

60 Responses to “Candied Almonds”

  1. The Blue-Eyed Bakers — February 8, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Oooh these sound delicious…and totally dangerous. We could probably get through an entire bowl without even blinking…!


  2. Katie | GoodLife Eats — February 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

    “Being a sugar freak” hehehe

    These look awesome. I will definitely be giving them a try. Nothing like a little sweet with a somewhat healthy snack.


  3. Jules — February 8, 2011 at 9:39 am

    I make a version of this with Chinese five spice powder and cayenne. Or cardamom and vanilla. Or cinnamon sugar. So many delicious choices!


  4. Blog is the New black — February 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Cute presenation!


  5. sweet road — February 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

    YUM! I made candied nuts on a whim recently and they were good, but I’m sure they would have been better had I actually followed a recipe!


  6. Leslie — February 8, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I love the nuts from the mall. I can smell them from a mile away! These look wonderful


  7. Sarah — February 8, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    YUMMY! I love getting these at the mall and at sporting events. Can’t wait to try making them at home!


  8. Dad — February 8, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Queen, I sure hope you have some of these on the way to my house, I don’t think I’ve had these before! They look awesome! lol


    • Jamie — February 8, 2011 at 1:37 pm

      Nope, you’ve never had them homemade. This is the first time that I have made them, but I’ll be sure to bring some next time I’m in town!

  9. Lynette — February 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    WOW! Love it! Awesome! Thanks for sharing!


  10. Barbara | VinoLuciStyle — February 8, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I make these every year for my holiday gift baskets but I’ve never done a vanilla version. Great idea that I must try!


  11. Jaime ( Sophistimom ) — February 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Love these, Jamie, and the packaging is adorable. :)


  12. Happy When Not Hungry — February 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Love candied almonds! Great presentation as well!


  13. Sandra Lira — February 8, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    The felt hearts mean their heartfelt, right? :)
    I LOVE candied nuts, can’t wait to try this one!!!


  14. momma — February 8, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Queenie, V day is coming up!!! do I need to go to the candy store.?…or are you going to bring some home for your daddy? They look great!!!!!


  15. Sherry Greek — February 8, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    One time when I was really sick and missed a whole week of school, all I basically ate was candied almonds. Oh the memories…


  16. Becca — February 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Mmmm. I love nuts. They are amazing in any form, candied, chocolated covered, roasted, butterered (as in like peanut butter ;D). So I’m deffinately going to want to make these in the near future!


  17. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — February 8, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    These look amazing! I love candied nuts… Especially almonds!


  18. Sharlene — February 8, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Candied nuts never last too long under my watch. They’re too delicious and I use the excuse that they’re “healthy”!


  19. Katrina — February 9, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I think I’ll make these right now. Life is good.


  20. mary c — February 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    I made these yesterday using pecans! AWESOME!

    My hubby said these were better than the store bought ones. :)


  21. Shawna — February 9, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Made these yesterday and they were spectacular. I could not believe how easy they were to make.

    Thanks for the recipe!


    • Jamie — February 10, 2011 at 8:26 am

      Awesome, I am so happy you enjoyed them!

  22. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls — February 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm


    I will be making these this weekend. Can’t wait! xx


  23. susan — February 11, 2011 at 12:21 am

    these are gorgeous and I love the story behind it. isn’t is so great how food brings us back to those innocent and wonderful times from our past?


  24. Dagmarette @ The Finishing School — February 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    These remind me of when I used to live in London. During the winter it would be terribly cold but there would be these little stands on the side of the road with a guy cooking some of these nuts and I would always grab some. You couldn’t help it cause they always smelled amazing and brought me warmth and comfort on those cold days…! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I am so excited to make them now!


  25. Paula — February 12, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    I love nuts too! You did such a lovely presentation with them and I can see how these would make a lovely home-made gift any time of the year. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


  26. Lisa — February 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm

    Pardon the dumb question but I never have put nuts by themselves in the oven…the are usually inside cookies =)

    When you say “stirring every 15 mins” is that just to prevent them from sticking to the parchment paper or do I have to worry about actually burning them? An hour sounds long for nuts when cookies take around 10mins!

    The pictures look very tempting =)


  27. Elizabeth — March 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    These look so incredibly yummy! Thanks for posting, can’t wait to try this recipe out :)


  28. Allyse — April 7, 2011 at 4:17 am

    These are also great as pretty edible decorations on top of a cake. My mother made them for my last brithday, they were a great touch to a chocolate cake.


  29. Allyse — April 7, 2011 at 4:17 am

    These are also great as pretty edible decorations on top of a cake. My mother made them for my last brithday, they were a great touch to a chocolate cake.


  30. Bake a Little — May 2, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    These looking amazing! Candied Nuts are my favorite! I know what I am doing tonight :)


  31. Bake a Little — May 3, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Check it out! I kept my word and tackled these delicious nuts! They turned out great!


  32. Nadine Batista Santos — August 16, 2011 at 6:06 am

    hmmm, yummy,
    i am living in munich and although you can buy these almonds on every corner, i still can`t get enough of them…. ;-)


  33. E L — September 10, 2011 at 1:09 am

    These nuts look amazing! I’m thinking of making them for a friend’s birthday but I’ve never tried making my own nuts before.

    May I know if I should use raw or toasted almonds in this recipe? Thanks a lot in advance! :)


    • Jamie — September 10, 2011 at 10:12 am

      E L-
      I used a bad of nuts from Costco, I am pretty sure they were raw, but I cannot remember for certain. Thanks for stopping by!

    • E L — September 10, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      Thanks for the tip Jamie!

  34. Becky Emmons — September 17, 2011 at 2:29 am

    I love Bavarian almonds! I first had them at the Munich Christkindlmarkt when I was 12. I came across them again about a year ago at a Nut Hut in a mall in Tulsa!! I’m in heaven, and because I found this recipe, I’ve advanced to a higher circle. Thanks for sharing!!


  35. Nico — December 23, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Love these nuts, am giving them as gifts to family this christmas, have you any idea how you would make a savoury version, for example Chilli and lemon?


  36. Michelle — June 9, 2012 at 11:40 am

    YUM – These look amazing! I would love to invite you to share these, and any other posts, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at Have a great weekend.


  37. Claire Kushner — November 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Wonder if I can use allspice instead of cinnamon?


    • MBA — November 19, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      You can substitue cinnamon but because of the strong flavor, it is only suggested tp use about 1/4 the amount the recipe calls for. Good luck and I hope this helped!

  38. ginnette — December 4, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Hi, i have read the post many times to try to understand my question… but i dont so i have to ask hihihi. What is the difference between both recipes you posted? For how long you think they last in the cellophane bag? Thaanks!


  39. elisebakes — December 20, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    My dad loves candied nuts too; I’m going to have to give your recipe a try! Thanks for posting – and your pictures are adorable!


  40. Melody — January 31, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I absolutely love the fact that you put in your recipes, if you do not have a particular ingredient, subsititutions…….I wish everyone did that. Kudos to you……


  41. Juliana — July 30, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    This recipe looks amazing! Do you think it’d be possible to use this method on sliced almonds? I’m concerned that sliced almonds would break up into bits or burn before the sugar melts. Thanks!


  42. Sara — March 27, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Making these now and I just snuck a taste… YUM! I added a half teaspoon of cayenne, it could handle a whole teaspoon for those that like a good kick of spice with thei r sweet! So good, thanks for posting!


  43. Kimberly — July 24, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Do you use natural almonds or roasted almonds? Thanks.


    • Jamie — August 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm

      Either will work fine. Thanks for stopping by.


  44. Elizabeth Mitchell — May 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    These were divine. I cut down the sugar to 1/2 cup and bumped the vanilla up a little, and they barely cooled off before we were reaching into an empty bowl. I’m making two pounds today. Hopefully they will last longer. 


    • Jamie — May 18, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      I’m so glad you liked them, Elizabeth!

  45. Elizabeth Mitchell — May 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    Side note: I used pecans because I can’t do almonds. 


    • Jamie — May 18, 2016 at 1:28 pm

      Pecans sound great!

  46. Laura Johnson — July 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    How many servings would you say this makes?


    • Jamie — July 2, 2016 at 10:55 am

      Hi, Laura! I would say it makes about 12 to 16 servings. I hope you enjoy them!

  47. James Hess — October 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    You can substitute 3/4 Cup of Baking Sucralose (Chlorinated Sugar – Zero Carbs!) instead of granulated sugar to make a ultra low carb version!


    • Jamie — October 17, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      What a great idea, James! Thank you!

  48. Easybake — November 26, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    I prepared the nuts per recipe but used the fine sea salt.   They were a little too salty.   Next time I may cut down the amount of salt.


    • Jamie — November 27, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Feel free to adjust the salt to your liking. I hope you enjoyed them otherwise!


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