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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sweet and Spicy Almonds

December is here. I don't know about you, but for me that means time to put out the Christmas decor, wrap presents, and make lots and lots of party snacks! I am mostly a baker during the month of December, but a party can't just have cookies and cakes:) This recipe for Sweet and Spicy Almonds is perfect for the buffet table at a party, but they would also be really great packaged up and given to one of your favorite people this holiday season...plus they are actually pretty healthy for you too!
 You start this recipe by beating one egg white until it is nice and foamy. Whisk, whisk, whisk until it looks kind of like the the picture below:
 Dump about 2 cups of raw almonds into your bowl with the foamy egg white and toss them around to coat.
 In a gallon sized Ziploc bag, mix together your sweet and spicy coating. I started with 1/4 cup of sugar, and I added a sprinkle of salt, and a pretty good amount of cinnamon. 
 Then to give my almonds a little kick, I added in some crushed red pepper flakes. You could also add cayenne pepper and chili powder like this recipe {Sugar Spiced Almonds} calls for. Honestly you can add any combination and amount of seasonings and spices that you want....play around with it to see what you like best.
 Once you get all your spices added to your bag, pour in the egg white coated almonds. Zip up the bag and give the almonds a good toss to coat them with the sugar/spice mix....this is where the kiddos might want to give you a hand too:)
 Pour the almonds onto a baking sheet and bake in a 250 degree oven for about an hour. You can adjust the time to get the almonds as crunchy as you would like...and make sure to stir them about every 15 minutes so they don't stick or burn.
Let the almonds cool {or sneak a few while they are still warm and toasty} then store them in an airtight container until you are ready to party or you need to give someone a sweet and spicy gift!

What kind of snack foods do you like to make during the holidays?
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Kmama said...

Oooh yum! I wish we could have nuts in our house. :-(

CM said...

Oh that looks so delish! I just pinned it to Pinterest, hope you don't mind! :-)

Carol, The Answer Is Chocolate said...

Yum. I love the mix of sweet and savory.

Anonymous said...

They look incredible Kelli!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

YUM!! T would love those. I like to make sausage balls. :)

Jaymerz said...

YUMMY!! I love roasted almonds so I think I need to try these!!

bonnieboatwright@gmail.com said...

These look and sound absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great tutorial.

Amy @ Positively Splendid said...

These sound so delicious!! I love anything with a sweet/spicy combo!

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