Candied Almonds are sweet, nutty, and delicious — easy to whip up in a crockpot and enjoy. With hints of vanilla and the spice of cinnamon, this candied nuts recipe features crunchy almonds coated in a thin layer of melt-in-your-mouth sugar.
Crunchy and sweet is one of my favorite combinations, so I’m really excited to share this recipe with you!
These candied almonds are a delightful and energizing snack, perfect to take with you on the go or toss into another recipe.
Try adding them to salads, on vanilla ice cream, or mixed into a yogurt parfait.
Spiced nuts also make the perfect gift for your friends, family, and loved ones.
Just place these cinnamon glazed almonds in a treat bag, seal with a twist tie, and add a beautiful ribbon for decoration to finish it off.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Almonds – Look for raw almonds, which will give you the perfect neutral base for making cinnamon glazed nuts. Don’t like almonds?
No worries — you can substitute any other raw nuts you’d like, including cashews, walnuts, pecans, or even a mixture!
- Egg Whites – Be very careful not to get even a drop of yolk in the bowl when separating, or these won’t whip up as frothy as needed.
- Vanilla Extract – This adds sweetness and warmth to this candied nuts recipe.
- Granulated & Brown Sugar – Use a mixture of both to create that crispy, caramelized coating.
You could use all granulated sugar if you prefer, but I like the deep, caramel flavor that brown sugar provides.
- Cinnamon – You can’t have cinnamon almonds without the cinnamon! Use your favorite variety of this ground spice.
- Kosher Salt – Helps to balance the sweetness. Sea salt or pink Himalayan salt are great substitutes.
Candied Nuts Recipe Tips & Tricks
- Use Nonstick Spray. Since the sugared coated almonds will get sticky during the caramelization process, using cooking spray is the best way to keep them from sticking together or sticking to the slow cooker.
- Don’t Forget To Cool! After removing the nuts from the crockpot, transfer them onto parchment paper or silpat mats.
Be sure to spread the nuts out evenly to avoid them clumping together while they dry. If any clumps remain after cooling, you can use your hands to break them apart.
- Need a Smaller Batch? Easily halve this candied nuts recipe with no changes to the cooking time.
- Store At Room Temperature. When kept in an airtight container, spiced nuts will keep for up to 1 week.
You can also refrigerator them for up to 3 weeks, but I recommend bringing them back to room temperature before serving.
Kitchen Tools You Will Need
- Slow Cooker – Great not only for candied almonds, but also for soups, roasts, shredded chicken, and more!
- Large Bowl – This one is my go-to.
- Silpat Mat – There are so many uses! Roll out doughs, cut out cookies and biscuits, or make other desserts.
It even provides a non-slip surface for transporting pots and pans. If you don’t have one of these mats to dry the nuts on, parchment paper will work just fine.
Candied Almonds FAQ
Sugar coated nuts are perfect on their own as a snack, or as an addition to ice cream, a salad, banana bread, or charcuterie board. Their versatile use is another reason why they make such a great gift.
You bet! Follow the recipe as directed, then spoon the coated almonds onto two cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake for 45-55 minutes at 250°F, stirring occasionally so they crisp on all sides.
If your almonds are soft, they likely have not been cooked long enough or cooled properly, resulting in too much moisture being retained. The nuts should be cooked and cooled until the sugary coating begins to crystallize and harden.
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Crockpot Candied Almonds
- 2 egg whites
- 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
- 3 pounds whole raw almonds, 10 cups
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 cup water, does not go in until the last hour
- Spray a 6-quart slow cooker bowl with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- Add egg whites and vanilla to a large bowl. Whisk until frothy but not stiff. Add almonds, then using a large spoon, toss to coat.
- Pour almonds into the slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients (except the water) and stir again to coat. Cover the slow cooker with its lid.
- Set the slow cooker to Low and cook for 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally (at least once an hour). After 3 hours, add 1/4 cup water to the slow cooker and stir well. Cover and cook for another 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. Candied almonds are done when the coating begins to harden.
- Spoon almonds onto parchment paper or silpat mats. Allow nuts to dry before serving.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally Published December 2015, updated and republished November 2022
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