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Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds, you'd never believe they were so EASY! |

Every year, I swear I’m going to “get into” football more. My husband loves it, my family loves it, and I’m actually getting to see most of my brother’s season this year for the first time in my life!

But every year I find myself way more interested in editing photos, surfing Pinterest, and well… pretty much anything besides the football game. Somehow I even end up chatting most of the time away with friends I haven’t seen all week during my brother’s football games! My dad just hangs his head in shame when my defense is, “I just don’t know what’s going on! I can’t understand anything, so it’s hard to pay attention!”

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds, you'd never believe they were so EASY! |

I may not understand why a “first down” is a good thing (didn’t we want him to make it to the end zone??) or always know the right time to cheer… but I really get football game food. THAT I can do!

The first thing you need at a football game is a really great hot dog. And I mean a real dog, with alllllllllll the fixins’, chilli included. That’s for the first half.

By the second half, you need something just to snack on. And it really needs to be sweet. The thing you’re looking for during the second half of a football game is a bagful of warm cinnamon sugared almonds!

And these are seriously SO EASY to make, there is no reason you can’t make a big batch of these for yourself at home and take them to the game. I poured mine into a paper sack tied up with a string, and the almonds totally kept each other warm until I was ready to eat them!

All you need is sugar, cinnamon, water, almonds, heat, and about 10 minutes. SO EASY!!!! And so delicious. You’re going to love this recipe!

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds, you'd never believe they were so EASY! |

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

Yield: 3 cups


  • 3 cups whole almonds, raw
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup water


  1. In a large skillet or pot combine the sugar, cinnamon and water over medium-high heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the almonds and stir constantly with a spoon or spatula, coating the almonds with the syrupy mixture.
  3. Keep stirring until the sugar crystallizes (this takes about 8-10 minutes) and it looks sandy. Don't stop stirring!
  4. Remove the pan from heat and scoop the almonds onto wax or parchment paper.
  5. Let the cinnamon almonds cool for a few minutes before serving.


You can change up the seasonings! I've used sweet popcorn seasonings in place of cinnamon, and it's delicious!

Don’t miss a bite!

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41 Responses to “Cinnamon Sugared Almonds”

  1. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on October 28, 2013 at 7:00 pm (#)

    Great minds think alike because just today I re-pinned a my candy coated nuts recipe! And then a magazine asked for it. Now, I see yours! The universe really wants me to have nuts today! Pinning yours to my Nut board :)

    • Ashton posted on October 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm (#)

      Too funny! I’m going to have to check that out!

    • Nicole posted on December 16, 2013 at 2:13 pm (#)

      a lot of my sugar fell off the almonds, does that mean I cooked them too long? They were delicious, just not as full looking as yours….

    • Ashton posted on December 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm (#)

      It’s ok if a lot of sugar fell off. I usually have quite a bit left in my pan too :)

  2. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on October 28, 2013 at 8:48 pm (#)

    I’m pretty much the same way about football. I sit down to watch with the hubby… and ask what color I’m routing for… blue, red, green etc. I then start checking bloglovin etc… and I’m totally lost. I think the dog is actually better at paying attention :)

  3. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on October 28, 2013 at 9:12 pm (#)

    I love these sooooo much. I buy them at every single street fair. I wish we could watch football together. It’d be like the blind leading the blind, but way more fun!

  4. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm (#)

    Your life sounds like mine when friends want to watch Basketball I have no clue so I just end up surfing pinterest or catching up with friends lol!! I absolutely love cinnamon sugar nuts- yours look scrumptious!

  5. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:27 pm (#)

    I could eat these all day!

  6. Faith @ Pixie Dust Kitchen posted on October 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm (#)

    This totally is giving me flashbacks to when I worked for Disney. We sold nuts like this! We just poured everything into a pot and let the “magic” (See what I did there ;)) happen, but I’d love to make them more homemade like this.

  7. tanya posted on October 29, 2013 at 8:57 am (#)

    I am pinning these for sure! These just remind of fall. I think every fall festival we go to I have to buy a huge batch of these. I just love them!

  8. Marti posted on October 29, 2013 at 10:16 am (#)

    These look yummy! I was wondering if your Round-up Pinterest board is open to new members? If so, I would love it if you sent me an invite!! My Pinterest board is

    thank you!!

  9. Brenda @ SweetSimpleStuff posted on October 29, 2013 at 1:51 pm (#)

    I learned football because I have 3 sons that played … now I watch 5 minutes on TV ;) Love the football food … almonds are good for us … right?

  10. dora posted on October 30, 2013 at 5:35 pm (#)

    Thank you, this recipe is great and simple :)

  11. Audra posted on November 6, 2013 at 12:32 am (#)

    Would it work with splenda in place of the sugar?

    • Ashton posted on November 6, 2013 at 10:12 pm (#)

      I haven’t tried, but I think it might!

    • Maria posted on December 17, 2013 at 11:51 am (#)

      It would absolutely not work. You can make caramel only out of sugar, nothing else.

  12. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork posted on November 6, 2013 at 10:54 am (#)

    One of my favorite things about the holidays are those sugared nuts! I had no idea it’s so easy to make them. I guess some Chicago street vendors won’t be getting any money from me this year! I can’t wait to try this recipe!! Pinned and sharing on facebook tonight!

  13. Lisa posted on November 11, 2013 at 9:48 pm (#)

    Have you ever tried to double or triple the recipe? I have tried to make an extra large batch twice from a recipe similiar to yours and ended up with a sloppy mess of Almonds where the sugar never crystallized. But when i did the recipe w/the amounts mentioned it turned out great. Any ideas? I would like to try your recipe but want to make sure it is possible.

  14. Jen Nikolaus posted on November 12, 2013 at 11:43 am (#)

    Oh Ashton, now I HAVE to make these! They look delicious and are the perfect homemade holiday gift! Yum!

  15. Samantha posted on November 23, 2013 at 12:29 am (#)

    these look so yummy! Thinking about making them for xmas gifts. How long do these hold for before going bad??

  16. Tracie posted on December 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm (#)

    I just made these almonds and they are amazing! Thank you so much for sharing!

  17. heather posted on December 8, 2013 at 12:19 am (#)

    just wondering if you could use pecans instead of almonds

    • Ashton posted on December 17, 2013 at 10:45 pm (#)

      Yes you could! Yum :)

  18. Dana Bankus posted on December 8, 2013 at 12:36 am (#)

    I want to make these for Christmas gifts….any idea how long they would last?

  19. chelsey posted on December 12, 2013 at 1:14 pm (#)

    How long do these last? I want to make a whole bunch for family & friends and would like to make them in advance :)

    • Ashton posted on December 12, 2013 at 8:18 pm (#)

      I have no idea, really. I’ve kept them in a bag for about 2 or 3 weeks, and they were just fine. I bet they last even longer than that!

  20. Ann posted on December 13, 2013 at 1:00 pm (#)

    This is a great method! Do you think it could be used to make a coconut coated version. Say with coconut sugar and shaved coconut meat? I make roasted coconut almonds but always struggle with getting the coating to stick. What do you think?

    • Ashton posted on December 17, 2013 at 9:47 pm (#)

      Wow! That sounds delicious! But I don’t have a clue if it will work or not :) sorry! Let me know how it goes!

  21. Mel H posted on December 15, 2013 at 8:41 pm (#)

    These are wonderful! I had cinnamon sugar almonds years ago at a Ren Fair.. and liked them but i’ve never been a fan of Almonds. Now years later, I like them more but still find them bland. Found this and said “Hey! Lets try!”. I only had a cup of almonds so I cut the recipe best I could. Watching the sugar granulate on the almonds in like in instant was like MAGIC!! So in short, I will be going back to the store to get more. Hubby and I thank you.

  22. Toni posted on December 20, 2013 at 1:01 pm (#)

    I also found that a lot of the sugar fell off the almonds. Maybe pecans would adhere better?

  23. judy posted on December 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm (#)

    HI. Would LOVE to make these for gits. But… do I just buy regular almonds in a bag…they just say Almonds. I can find them whole. But they don’t say raw.


  24. Lucy posted on December 31, 2013 at 4:26 pm (#)

    Just made this recipe and it is delicious….taking it to my sister’s tonight to snack on while we wait for the ball to drop! It’s a keeper! To watch it change I thought also was kind of like magic! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  25. Sarie posted on March 7, 2014 at 2:55 pm (#)

    Have fallen seriously in love with these things. Making everyone try them and they always want the recipe, so I know you have to be getting more traffic because I just email them the address for this page. Thanks for rocking our almond lovin’ world.

  26. Christina posted on March 30, 2014 at 5:12 pm (#)

    Making this right now except with pecans. Mmmmm!

  27. Traci posted on October 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm (#)

    I was given a HUGE box of raw almonds. Saw this recipe on Pinterest and made a batch this morning. SO quick, SO easy!! And delicious!! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

  28. Naomi posted on November 29, 2014 at 8:02 pm (#)

    I made these today for (believe it or not) a football party we’re hosting tomorrow! I only had pecans so I made it with those and they turned out fantastic! I’m hoping that some of them will actually survive until the game tomorrow! I had no idea how easy these are to make but now I will be making them often I think! Happy football!

  29. Katie posted on December 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm (#)

    These were so easy and so good. Will be making again soon. So much quicker than other recipes I have seen .

  30. Lindsay posted on December 12, 2014 at 11:24 pm (#)

    These turned out great, and we’re done in about fifteen minutes start to finish. I added a little vanilla and some extra brown sugar for the caramel flavor, and they turned out fabulously! Thanks for the recipe.

  31. Cristina F. posted on December 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm (#)

    Oh my goodness!  I went to the craft fair today and resisted buying some of the cinnamon roasted nuts because I knew I wanted to try this recipe.  I’m so glad I did.
    I am also glad I found a recipe that doesn’t include egg.  My husband is allergic and it isn’t fun to make goodies and not be able to share!
    I added about a teaspoon of vanilla extract and I love that too.  It was really hard to not just eat all of them right after making them.

  32. siobhan posted on December 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm (#)

    Thanks so much! I never knew these were so easy to make! I always buy them and they are expensive. I am totally with you on the football too!

  33. Bella posted on February 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm (#)

    These are so delicious! I never knew they were this easy to make.