Hey friends!! Today I’m bringing you another great Handmade Holiday idea from Melissa of Janky Quilt Co.
Cinnamon Almonds:Handmade Holidays!
Melissa and I met at the first Sew South years ago, and I adore her. She has a fabulous sense of humor and such a kind and generous heart. You’ll love her too! Check out her recipe below for a delicious and yummy handmade gift.
Hey there! It’s Melissa from Janky Quilt Co here, so happy that we found ourselves as a stop on the Ellison Lane Handmade Holidays blog series! Today, I’m sharing a super inexpensive, quick, delicious holiday gift: cinnamon almonds in a sweet mason jar with a great free printable tag!
Cinnamon Almonds : Handmade Holidays
Is there a smell from your childhood that just takes you right back to celebrating holidays as a kid again? For me, it is the smell of cinnamon roasted almonds. I wish this memory centered around a dear loved one tending to these delicious treats in their quaint kitchen, but oh, that is not this tale. I’m a girl child of the 80s/early 90s, and so many of my favorite childhood memories come from the mall, and this one is no different. For years, there was always a dude making delicious cinnamon roasted almonds in a mall kiosk around the holidays, and the wonderful smell filled the entire mall, but I was always too broke to ever actually buy these overpriced stupid nuts. They would just taunt me with their heavenly holiday smell. Occasionally a friend would share one. They were glorious, they smelled amazing, and I could never have them. UNTIL NOW, mall dude, until now.
Turns out, mall dude’s recipe (or at least, my version of it) is super easy! No lie, discovering I could just make these myself was pretty exciting. The nuts stay fresh for at least a week (I’ve never had them stick around longer than that!), and packaged up all cutesy, this makes a fantastic gift for under seven bucks. (Including the cost of the jars!) I love these for last minute gifts– just make a bunch, get them all pretty, and you’re covered for when a neighbor who has never previously exchanged anything with you suddenly shows up with a batch of cookies. The full recipe is below. Here are your ingredients for a double batch (might as well double it…), minus butter and salt, because apparently I love them so much I assume they are in everything and forgot to put them in the photo.
First, put the whole eggs in a bowl of hot tap water for a few minutes, to take the chill off of them. (They will whip up better that way.) Then preheat the oven, put the butter on a jelly roll pan, and place the pan (pans if you are making a double batch) in the oven for the butter to melt. While the butter is melting, mix the egg whites and salt together (I use the wire whip attachment for my kitchen aid mixer) until they are frothy.
Then, slowly add your sugar and your cinnamon, and whip at high speed until stiff peaks form. Like this:
It’s okay, you can lick that off your finger, and probably not die of salmonella. Go ahead and try it! Then, fold your almonds into that cinnamon-sugar-egg mixture.
Spread that mixture out onto your jelly roll pan, incorporating the melted butter into the mix as best you can, and then smoothing everything out into one layer of nuts. Cook for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, toss the nuts around, mixing everything up again (including any butter that didn’t fully incorporate the first time) and then smooth out again. They should look like this.
Cook for another 10 minutes.
Sidebar: I feel like you might be judging how old and beat up my pans look. They are awesome. Don’t judge.
Repeat that last tossing around, smoothing out, cooking for 10 minutes step another two times, until the nuts have been cooked for 40 minutes total. They should look like this!
You can serve these warm, or let them cool and then package up all cutesy.
I used wide mouth quart size mason jars here (so hands don’t get stuck in the jar!), and this great free printable to make a festive presentation. I cut the fabric for the lid at 6.5 inches square, trimmed it all around with pinking shears so it doesn’t fray, and used a dab of glue stick on the lid to keep the fabric in place. That red and white baking twine came from the Target dollar section. (30 yards for a dollar! What?!) A double batch of the recipe below made more than enough to fill 3 jars.
Cinnamon Glazed Almonds
- 1/3 cup butter
- 2 egg whites, room temperature-ish (I usually just put two eggs in a cup of hot tap water for 10-15 minutes to warm them up a bit)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 cups whole almonds
- 4 teaspoons cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
- Place butter on a jelly roll pan, and place in oven to melt the butter, which will take about 5ish minutes, but it’s okay if it is in there longer and the butter starts to brown a little.
- Meanwhile, beat egg whites at high speed with the salt until frothy; gradually add sugar and then cinnamon, and continue to beat at high speed until this mixture forms stiff peaks.
- Fold almonds into the egg white/sugar/salt/cinnamon mixture.
- Pour almond mixture onto the pan, and incorporate the butter into the almond mixture. It’s okay if it doesn’t all mix perfectly together. Once the butter is pretty well incorporated, spread the almond mixture out over the pan, trying to form just one layer of nuts.
- Bake for 40 minutes total, turning the nuts over and mixing them around every 10 minutes or so during that time.
- Serve warm or at room temperature. Store in airtight container, assuming you don’t eat them all immediately.
Thanks Melissa for this fabulous gift idea! Nothing says love like something handmade. Enjoy y’all!
Don’t forget to enter to win one of 4 great prizes in the Handmade Holidays giveaway! Enter at the end of this post.
Then swing by the other posts in the series: