If you love that wonderful aroma that you smell in the halls at the mall, during the holiday season, these yummy nuts are the reason! This recipe is very close to the delicious cinnamon glazed almonds that you buy in the mall. You can make them much, much cheaper. Make sure that as you are tossing them, you don’t allow the glaze to dry all the way, before you remove them from the oven. I betcha can’t eat just one!

1/3 cup butter
2 egg whites, at room temperature
Pinch of salt
1 cup sugar
4 cups whole natural almonds
4 teaspoons cinnamon
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla


Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease a large cookie sheet, and set aside. In microwave safe dish, melt butter. Set aside. Meanwhile, beat egg whites with salt until very frothy; gradually (very slowly) add sugar, beating to stiff peaks. Gently fold in almonds and cinnamon. Pour melted butter & 1 Tablespoon Vanilla into almond mixture, and fold in. Pour mixture onto pan, and spread out evenly on greased baking sheet. Bake about 30 minutes, tossing every 10 minutes, until glazing mixture has set up around almonds. Do not wait until the glaze is totally dry. Let cool, then store cooled nuts in sealed container.

*Don’t panic if they glaze mixture hasn’t stayed in stiff peaks. If will work just fine!