Recipe: Candied Almonds

These wonderful sugared almonds take 5 minutes to mix up.  They are the perfect thing to tie in a small sack on top of another gift, or to give when you need just a small thank you gift for someone.  You might even want to keep some on hand in case someone drops by with an unexpected Christmas gift and you would like to bless them in return. Just be sure to make enough that your family can nibble on them too!

I’ve adapted this from a recipe I originally found at the Robin’s Nest.

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Candied Almonds

2 pounds raw almonds (or pecans), about 7 cups
1 egg white
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt

Separate the egg, setting aside the yolk for a different purpose. Beat water and egg white until frothy. You can do this by hand or with a mixer. After mixture is frothy, add almonds and stir by hand until they are all well coated with the egg white mixture. In a separate small bowl mix sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt. Pour sugar mixture over top of almonds and stir by hand until well coated.

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Spread nuts evenly on a dry baking sheet. Bake for 1 hour in a 225 degree oven, stirring half way through the time. Remove from oven and scoop onto some foil or waxed paper to cool.

Package in one or two-cup quantities in clear cellophane bags decorated with curly ribbon, or perhaps in another pretty gift bag.

All bagged up ready to go
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Other Homemade Gift Ideas:
Candied Oranges
Cranberry Pumpkin Bread
Homemade Marshmallows

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