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Sweet and Spicy Almonds

Try serving these nuts with our Salad with Cranberries and Almonds.

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  • Yield: Makes 2 1/2 cups
Sweet and Spicy Almonds

Source: Everyday Food, December 2004

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups unblanched almonds
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread almonds on a rimmed baking sheet; toast until fragrant, about 10 minutes. In a large bowl, combine sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper.

  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook honey and water with olive oil, stirring, until combined, 1 minute. Add almonds; toss to coat.

  3. Transfer nuts to sugar mixture (do not scrape extra glaze into bowl); toss to coat. Cool in a single layer.

Cook's Note

These nuts will keep for up to 2 weeks; let cook completely, then store in an airtight container.

Reviews (5)

  • Sweitz 1 Jan, 2009

    I wouldn't use smoked but you could try. I also use less cayenne and always make extra. The dressing with the nuts is great.

  • kxmulli 2 Dec, 2008

    is this a crazy question: can you use smoked almonds or would that be a disaster?

  • mikki522 27 Jan, 2008

    These almonds are addictive! I usually use about 1/2 the cayenne pepper to give a little heat but not too much. (my family tends to like things less spicy.) I usually make a double batch and put it into a couple of zip top baggies and carry them around for a snack.

  • mikki522 27 Jan, 2008

    These almonds are addictive! I usually use about 1/2 the cayenne pepper to give a little heat but not too much. (my family tends to like things less spicy.) I usually make a double batch and put it into a couple of zip top baggies and carry them around for a snack.

  • mikki522 27 Jan, 2008

    These almonds are addictive! I usually use about 1/2 the cayenne pepper to give a little heat but not too much. (my family tends to like things less spicy.) I usually make a double batch and put it into a couple of zip top baggies and carry them around for a snack.

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