From the Recipe Box: Sweet & Spicy Almonds

by kitchenarian on April 13, 2011

I don’t subscribe to the theory that a recipe must have 20 ingredients and three pages of instructions to be good and prove that I know how to cook. Most of my favorite recipes seem to have a few fresh ingredients and minimal instructions. Maybe because that is my cooking style or more likely because I am always late, in a rush and don’t have time to get too complicated. I don’t think I should articulate on that much more; let’s just say it’s a healthy balance of both.

Spiced nuts are a great example of simple, but delicious. Combine a few spices and mix them up with your favorite nut, mine would be almonds, and you have an amazing snack. You can spend a fortune for spiced nuts in the stores, but it is so easy to make them at home and they are so much better.

These almonds have a great flavor.  I was surprised that they weren’t spicier considering the ingredients, but the end result is a mild flavored almond with a hint of spicy and sweet.  This recipe comes from one of my favorite single subject books, Party Nuts, by Sally Sampson.


1 large egg white (2 tablespoons)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
2 cups raw almonds
2 tablespoons sugar

Preheat the oven to 225 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat. Mix all your spices and salt in a small prep bowl; set aside. Whip the egg white in a medium sized stainless bowl until frothy. Add the spices and salt until combined. Add the almonds and toss until completely coated. Add the sugar and toss again. Transfer nuts to the prepared baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Place in the oven and cook for 75 minutes taking out every 15 minutes to stir. The almonds will be dry and light in color.

Kitchenarian Notes: This recipe originally calls for pecans. A mixture of pecans and almonds would be great too.  If you are someone that does not like cumin, just eliminate it from the recipe and add a bit more chili powder.


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yummychunklet April 13, 2011 at 5:23 pm

This is really similar to Dorie Greenspan’s recipe! Great post!


Angela@RecipesFromMyMom April 13, 2011 at 5:41 pm

This would be good with pecans too. Love the spice mixture, especially the cumin.


Happy When Not Hungry April 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Wow these almonds look delicious! I love all the flavors of the spices too!


fooddreamer April 13, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I agree, sometimes the simplest recipes are the best. Love these almonds, and the pictures are wonderful!


Kim- Liv Life April 14, 2011 at 12:27 am

These nuts sounds SO tempting!! I need a good spiced nut recipe, a few months ago I tried one and brought it to a party and the guys were all excited to try it. No one really liked it and one even said “Not one of your finer moments” . I need to redeem myself!!


Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen April 14, 2011 at 9:23 am

Sometimes the simplest recipes are the best and these nuts look amazing. I always want spiced nuts when I smell them cooking on the street, I bet homemade ones are so much better!

Reply April 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Oh my, the combination of all those spices … mmm mmmm good!
Your photo is stunning!!


blogbytina! April 14, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I like dem nutz gurl! (or boy) Thanks for sharing you recipe! I am looking forward to trying it 😀


Jen @ keepitsimplefoods April 14, 2011 at 3:19 pm

These look delicious! Love the sweet and spicy flavor combo!


Tiffany April 15, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I don’t describe to that theory either! I was actually talking to a friend last night and said that once summer is officially here, I am going to do a series where all of my recipes are 4 ingredients or less…just to make that very point! I love the sound (and look) of these almonds!


a frog in the cottage April 19, 2011 at 9:38 am

these are one of my favorite snack !!! thanks for sharing


Mark April 19, 2011 at 10:48 pm

These sound great. Perfect for a snack in the middle of the day. I’m pretty sure all I need is some almonds to make them. Thanks.


Monica July 19, 2011 at 2:22 pm

How long do these keep after making & how do you store them?
I want to make these lovely items for a party this weekend, but a couple days earlier.


kitchenarian July 19, 2011 at 2:45 pm

These can easily be made a couple of days in advance. I store mine in an air-tight container. I hope you enjoy them!


Mike@ The Culinary Lens July 24, 2011 at 5:30 am

Delicious and what a great gift to bring along to any party..


Kimby July 26, 2011 at 6:28 pm

I agree with your theory! 🙂 We have an abundance of pecans in Oklahoma, but I love almonds, too. Will definitely try this recipe on both!
P.S. I’m visiting from The Culinary Lens picnic — better late than never! 🙂


butter almond crunch sweets September 28, 2013 at 1:42 am

These almonds looks delicious and yummy to eat it. Among the different types of nuts , almonds are considered as the most nutritious nuts. The presence of vitamin E in almonds helps to prevent cancer.


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