After all, it is that time of year--No gift is better than one that is tasty and homemade.
Rather than delivering traditional plates of sweetly decorated sugar cookies, I'm spicing things up this year with my holiday roasted & spiced almonds. They are a perfect savory alternative to all those festive fudges and brittles.
And did I mention how this recipe smells while baking? The aroma of cinnamon-y goodness is bound to fill your home with tons of Christmas cheer.
|Holiday Roasted & Spiced Almonds|
adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod
2 egg whites
2 tbs water
5 cups raw whole almonds
4 tbs white sugar
6 tbs brown sugar
3 tbs ground cinnamon
1 tbs ground nutmeg
1 tbs ground cloves
1 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 250 degrees, and line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl, lightly beat egg whites and water until frothy bubbles appear. Set aside.
Combine almonds and egg mixture in a large bowl. Using a wooden spoon, mix almonds, making sure that the egg mixture coats all the almonds.
Once almonds are completely coated, begin pouring in the sugars and the spices. Continue mixing the almonds to ensure that everything gets spread all around.
Spread almonds evenly onto a lined, large cookie sheet.
Bake almonds for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes to keep from burning. An even roast is the desired result.
After 1 hour, remove almonds from oven, and let them cool for about 15 minutes. Store room temperature almonds in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.