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These versatile Vanilla Almonds are coated with sugary goodness and perfect for holiday and hostess gifts or just a splendid snack food!

Serve Candied Almonds with cocktails, on game day or use in salads for some delicious crunch! You’ll love this versatile recipe.

Candied Vanilla Almonds in a white bowl

Vanilla Almonds

Apparently there was a running joke on my mom’s side of the family when Christmas would roll around. One year, my dad raved about the smokehouse almonds my grandfather shared with us on one of our annual visits to North Dakota. From then on, all family members got a gallon sized tin of said nuts. Year after year. So when I knew my aunt and uncle were going to accompany us on our RV adventure across America (well, maybe just 3 states…but Nebraska has to count as at least 1 1/2!), I knew I had to bring some almonds along. Sweet, crunchy almonds flavored with a nice dose of vanilla and cinnamon. These Vanilla Almonds are crack in nut form. Truly irresistible!!!

Overhead view of vanilla almonds in a white serving bowl

Candied Almonds

These candied vanilla almonds would make excellent holiday gifts, salad toppers or football game munchies. Definitely versatile and so simple to whip up. My friends and I are sharing a few recipes to a theme:  Crunchy Goodness. I’d say these qualify big time. Check out all the other crunchy treats shared by scrolling down to the bottom of this post.

Yield: 4 cups

Vanilla Almonds

Vanilla Almonds

Sugar coated vanilla almonds are perfect for holiday or hostess gifts!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 4 cups unblanched almonds
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 300º.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites till frothy. Mix in vanilla, then toss in almonds. Stir gently to coat.
  3. In another bowl, combine the sugars, salt and cinnamon. Add to nuts and gently toss to cover almonds.
  4. Spread evenly into two foil covered sheet pans.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, stirring halfway through cooking time. Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container.
  6. stirring once. Cool. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 244 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 312mg Carbohydrates: 15g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 10g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 8g
Crispy Appetizers:

Waldorf Salad from Noshing With The Nolands

Munch on Snacks:

Crunchy & Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Granola Bars (Better than Nature Valley) from Shockingly Delicious
How to Make Homemade Sweet and Salty Trail Mix from Neighborfood
Orange Spiced Cashews from Hip Foodie Mom

Crisp Dessert:

Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Rice Krispie Treats from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
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57 comments on “Vanilla Almonds”

  1. Definitely an addicting snack! Interesting trick with the egg whites.

  2. We get candied almonds as a holiday gift every year at work and they send us a lot. After 7 years, I wish that person would start sending yours, because they would be a sweet change from those heavy sugar coated almonds.

  3. Oh Liz, I love this! Simple and nice!

  4. When you add the other ingredients to the almonds after you coat them with the egg do you add the ingredients o the egg and skiing mixture or do you remove the almond from the eggvand then add the other ingredients ?

    • The egg will just coat the almonds and allow the sugar mixture to stick. I had the eggy almonds in a big bowl, then just added the other ingredients and tossed till they were coated. Does that make sense?

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