May 16, 2009

Cinnamon-Roasted Almonds

A very easy (and addictive) treat that is very easy to whip up. I've gotten lots of compliments on these. And they make a great little Christmas gift for friends or neighbors when wrapped in a festive cellophane bag.

1 egg white
1 teaspoon cold water
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups whole almonds
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Lightly beat the egg white in the bottom of a bowl. Add the water and vanilla, and then beat until frothy but not stiff. Add the almonds and stir until coated. In a separate bowl, mix the sugars, salt, and cinnamon and then sprinkle over the nuts. Toss to coat. Then spread the nuts evenly on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour in a preheated 250 degree oven, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool and then store nuts in an airtight container. Note: pecans also work well with this recipe.

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