German Cinnamon Roasted Nuts! Heaven, I'm in Heaven!

I've struck Gold I tell you!  GOLD!!! You know those German Nut vendors that make their appearance at area malls during Christmas time? You know the ones-- those culprits who stir up that heavenly aroma of roasting almonds and pecans coated in sugar and glorious cinnamon that beckons to you on a cloud like you see in old cartoons, with the curling finger? You don't know how it happens, but you find your feet are suddenly no longer on the ground and you're being carried, ever so willingly to the source of such wonder. Such divinity. 
Well, I have finally found the recipe to EXACTLY replicate that, some would say, religious experience, right in your own kitchen! Filling your HOME with all of it's mouthwatering aroma, and flooding your taste buds with joy unspeakable as well.  And in the spirit of the coming Holiday Season, yes, I'll share.

German Cinnamon Roasted Nuts


    * 1 TB butter, soft
    * 1/8 tsp salt
    * 1/2 cup sugar
    * 2 cups raw almonds or pecans--I used BOTH almonds and Pecans and actually found the glaze to be plenty enough to coat 3 cups of nuts.
    * 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    * 1 tsp. vanilla
    * 1/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 250. Cover a 13x17” baking sheet with parchment paper, or grease well.  Combine everything together [all at one time] in a small sauce pan over med-low heat, stir until well blended, then, once butter and sugars have melted nicely,  add water. This thins things out a bit an really helps everything get coated evenly. Toss in the nuts and coated them well before spreading onto the prepared pan. Bake for one hour, stirring half way through. Allow to cool, then store in an airtight container.

In my experience, they smelled so wonderful I got impatient, [who me? I know!] and pulled them out after 50 minutes. They tasted perfect-- JUST like the ones I paid mucho $$$ for at the Mall during Christmas time shopping!
 Woo hoo!


  1. This looks really, really good. I can almost smell them.

  2. Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to try soon!

  3. wow.. i am writing this as my nuts are cooling, and filling the house with a warm delicious smell! i cant help but sneak a few even though they are pretty hot! they are great--thank u so much for sharing this recipe! will make again.

  4. Yay! So glad you love them! Thanks for letting me know!

  5. These are perfect!! Thank you so much for this recipe :D I made them for presents and my family loves them!

  6. How long do these stay fresh in an airtight container? I want to make them for my son's baseball themed birthday party, but would love to make them ahead of time.

  7. Mine only stuck around for about 5 days, and they were still good when the last ones were gobbled up. I want to say 5 or 6 days before they start to taste maybe a little stale.
    ~Anne of Tierney Tavern

  8. We own a german roasted nut booth. We don't use butter, egg whites, or salt. We roast in water which allows the nuts to stay fresh longer.

    1. Really? Water? Cool. Wish you'd felt like sharing what you DO use for that amazing coating. For now, this works great with very little fat and fantastic flavor.


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