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

Vanilla Almonds | Sugar coated and irresistible
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!!!

Vanilla Almonds | Sugar coated and irresistible

A Versatile Snack!

These almonds would make excellent holiday gifts, salad toppers or football game munchies. Definitely versatile and so simple to whip up. This week’s Sunday Supper theme is Crunchy Goodness…and I’d say these qualify big time. Check out all the other crunchy treats shared by scrolling down to the bottom of this post.


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Vanilla Almonds | Sugar coated and irresistible

Vanilla Almonds

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

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


  • 2 egg whites, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 4 cups unblanched almonds
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/21 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.


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Crunchy Entrees and Sides:

Crunchy Baked Chicken with Homemade Shake and Bake from Growing Up Gabel
Crunchy Crusted Chicken Strips with Chipotle Honey Mustard from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventure
Flautas de Rajas con Queso (Cheesy Poblano Pepper Taquitos) from La Cocina de Leslie
Penny’s Taco Salad from Webicurean
Popcorn Chowder from The ROXX Box
Rosemary Garlic Croutons on layered Savoy Cabbage Soup from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
Strawberry and Mozzarella Flatbread from Family Foodie


Munch on Snacks:

Crunchy & Chewy Chocolate Hazelnut Granola from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Crunchy Granola Bars (Better than Nature Valley) from Shockingly Delicious
Crunchy Pumpkin Pie Spice Roasted Chickpeas from Daily Dish Recipes
Duck Fat Chex Mix from The Texan New Yorker
Easy Vegan Granola from Killer Bunnies, Inc
Fried Veg Momos with Cheese Recipe from Masala Herb
How to Make Homemade Sweet and Salty Trail Mix from Neighborfood
Orange Spiced Cashews from Hip Foodie Mom
Peanut and Pretzel Popcorn Balls from Peanut Butter and Peppers
Roasted Pumpkin Seeds from Hezzi-D’s Cooks and Books
Slow Cooker Bar-B-Q Party Mix from Hot Mamma’s Kitchen Chaos
Sourdough Grissini from girlichef
Spicy Lentil Crackers from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Sweet and Spicy Roasted Pepitas from Alida’s Kitchen
Unbaked Healthy Oatmeal Sesame Bars from My Trials In The Kitchen

Crisp Dessert:

Boo Berry Cereal Treats from Pies and Plots
Choco-Caramel Squares from Basic N Delicious
Chocolate Covered Potato Chip Rice Krispie Treats from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
Chocolate Pecan Biscotti from The Food Army Wife
Cookie Brittle from Juanita’s Cocina
Double Banana Pie Krispie Treats from What Smells So Good?
Honeycomb Crunch Candy from Food Lust People Love
Momofuku Chocolate Chip Cornflakes Cookies from Ninja Baking
Nutty Wedges with Brown Sugar Whipped Cream from Magnolia Days

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57 comments on “Vanilla Almonds #SundaySupper”

  1. They sound great, almonds are a favorite nut of mine:@)

  2. Mmm. Thinking these vanilla almonds would serve as a wonderful garnish on a cake, too. Thank you for this fun recipe, Liz. Appreciate the warning about the addictive quality of these beauties, too =)

  3. Those definitely qualify as crunchy!! Quality Almonds are abundant here and cheap and I need a change of plain almonds as a snack.

  4. These almonds sound amazing. My family will love these!

  5. I just love vanilla!! Love it! Your almonds look amazing I could see snacking on these all day!!!

  6. Liz!!! OMG! I love these! and love that you didn’t use any corn syrup but used 2 egg whites?! what? do you think this will work with my cashews as well? omg, I need to try this!

  7. Oh man, these are totally my crack! They are SO being made during the holidays (not before or I will regret it. Or rather, my pants will).

  8. Almonds really are crack in nut form! Great line. Great recipe, too – these look wonderful. Thanks.

  9. Simply gorgeous! I know my family would LOVE these!

  10. Oh I see a homemade treat I can’t wait to make and give as gifts this coming holiday season. I’ll have to give my mom a triple batch because she loves almonds so much.

  11. I honestly don’t think I could make these and give them AWAY. Too delicious.

  12. I want the nuts, the spoon AND the bowl!

  13. mmmm! I love sugared nuts!

  14. I’m pretty sure I could put a good dent in that bowl myself!

  15. I love flavoured nuts. These look fantastic and addicting.

  16. What’s the deal with all the crack recipes this Sunday? 🙂 These look delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  17. That’s a coincidence! I have people give me smoked almonds every Christmas too. You can buy huge jars of them at Costco and I have a SIL who’s Canadian but living in our capital, Canberra, who always gives me a jar. Unfortunately, the ones from Costco are horrid so it takes me all year to get through them then I’m hit with another jar! I love smoked almonds and have been buying them from Scoop Wholefoods and there’s just no comparison with the ones from Costco. I love the sound of these vanilla almonds and will have to give this recipe a try. I think almonds baked like this make excellent snacks for pre-dinner drinks xx

  18. I would be afraid to make these because I would have no willpower. That won’t stop me though!

  19. brilliant! amazing on oatmeal I bet

  20. I would have a hard time not eating the entire bowl! Thank you for sharing Liz! These look just delicious!

  21. I love anything vanilla, what an addictive snack!

  22. Lol, I’d rather have gotten tins of those smoked almonds than some of the stuff my family used to get at Christmas. Think tin after tin of those Danish butter cookies and bags of dried Chinese mushrooms. Yum! Your vanilla almonds look fabulous, Liz. I love that these are so easy to whip up and I know that they taste absolutely delicious.

  23. These most definitely count as crunchy…and delicious!

  24. I bet these taste just as good as the Navy Pier boardwalk flavored almonds!

  25. Ooooooh!! Vanilla almonds sounds delicious and like an AMAZING gift!

  26. Such a perfect gift idea with the holidays coming up. It’s been a while since I’ve baked nuts and I forgot how amazing they are. Yours are just lovely, Lizzy!

  27. These look fantastic Liz. My son loves almonds. I might have to pop some of these in with his Christmas gifts.

  28. One of my favourite holiday treats! Wish I had more self control on those nuts!

  29. I simply adore these almonds, I could eat them forever 😀


  30. Never had vanilla almonds! Delicious variation!

  31. Oh man, the last thing I need is another addicting thing to snack on! But I just bought a truckload of almonds to make flavored nut recipes. And I am a sucker for vanilla. I think I’ll share these with my dad. 🙂

    I think you’re right about Nebraska…

  32. These vanilla almonds sound wonderful! Thanks for sharing, I love snacking on almonds and these look so good and addictive!

  33. I love all sorts of spiced nuts and these vanilla almonds look absolutely addictive! I really like your spoon, too – it’s so cute!

  34. Your almonds sound great, I love doing nuts like this in the fall. I adore you bowl and spoon too!

  35. I know I would devour way more of these than I should. I bet they would be a great addition to granola too.

  36. I can just about resist salted almonds. With the addition of vanilla and cinnamon I’m lost! They truly are crack in nut form!

  37. These almonds look addictive and absolutely delicious! I would probably eat them all in one sitting and then ask for more 🙂

  38. Definitely, the ideal snack for me, Liz! I need the whole bowl of these flavorful almonds just for myself.

  39. Vanilla and cinammon flavored nuts will be some a non-stop eating for me once I get started. I bet the wonderful aroma must be all over the house once you open that oven door. Have a great week, Liz! 🙂

  40. I’m not going to pretend I would be upset if a gallon of these arrived on my doorstep this Christmas. 🙂

  41. I always end up eating so many sweetened almonds whenever they are around. Having this recipe is both a good and a bad thing.

  42. I want to be at your party, Liz. You always bring the most amazing treats!!! Love these sweet almonds.

  43. Great snack and these would make lovely gifts.

  44. I’m a sucker for flavored almonds, I got to try these, Liz!

  45. These make excellent gifts, snacks, road trips and everything in between! SO good Liz, will have to investigate this recipe really soon!

  46. What a coincidence, Liz, I recently posted an almond recipe too! These sound wonderful and crunchy, I love the addition of cinnamon in this recipe. I have a bottle of home made vanilla brewing in my pantry, I’m excited to try it out on these.

  47. Lizzy, I’m so glad that I backtracked to your amazing almonds. Love the idea for a healthy but addictive snack, and most of all, a wonderful gift idea for the holidays that would sure to be remembered! xo

  48. These sound like the perfect holiday snack!

  49. Almonds are one of my favorite nuts. This is such a treat… now I know what to do with my costco size bag of nuts. 🙂

  50. –You had me at Vanilla, Baby. Xxx

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

  52. 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.

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

  54. 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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