Cinnamon Almonds and Holiday Baking

December 13, 2010

This weekend I did some baking so that I’d have treats to give to friends I’ll be seeing this week. I flipped through my recipe binder and saw a recipe for Cinnamon Glazed Almonds that I clipped from a magazine many years ago. Since then, the Internet was invented, so now you can go here to find the recipe. Neat!

I like to make things that are easy to package, and that will last a little while. These almonds fit the bill. They were also as tasty as I remember them from their pre-Internet days.

Recipe notes

  • I made two batches of these and didn’t get the egg whites to form stiff peaks either time, but they turned out just fine.
  • I added one teaspoon of vanilla and mixed it in with the mixer just before folding in the cinnamon and almonds.
  • I wouldn’t call these “glazed” – they get a crunchy coating and kind of look like moon rocks (see below).
  • Don’t toss out the bits of coating that remain in the pan! I sprinkled some on a bowl of oatmeal and it rocked my morning.

Tried-and-true treats that my friends will find in their goody bags this year:

Chocolate-Pistachio Biscotti. This time I used Ghirardelli chocolate chips, and it was the best batch yet. I recommend making two 12″x2″ logs instead of one 12″x4″ log.

Dog biscuits. It’s nice to treat your best friend’s best friend.

Peanut Butter Caramel Corn. This is my all-time favorite!


  1. I eat almonds everyday. Think I would be eating them every hour if I made these!

  2. What a great list of treats. Your friends are very lucky!

  3. These are a fab idea Jill. I am giving peple some of my sweet and spicy cocktail nuts from FFwD in their boxes.

  4. Sounds like a great bunch of goodies to me. We just got a puppy, so I’ll have to look up those biscuits!

  5. Such fun to get treats that friends make…I think I need to enroll in your friend fan club for those nuts for sure…those look interesting and I think I should try to replicate those, don’t you?

  6. I love these almonds. Genius!!

  7. Love those tried-and-trues–there’s nothing better this time of year than having a few recipes that you know like the back of your hand and you know work!

  8. I’m still at a loss of what to give friends this year. I think I’ll have to give those biscotti a try for the fam cus all my friends are soft, chewy cookie eaters. But I bookmarked every recipe on this post. Woot!!

  9. I am sure you will have many happy recipients this holiday season!! Looks great.

  10. These look yummy. What a fun gift.

  11. These almonds and the rest of the treats sound fabulous!!!! I hope you had a Merry Christmas!!!!

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