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German Gebrannte Mandeln (German Cinnamon Roasted Almonds)

 

These German Gebrannte Mandeln (almonds roasted in cinnamon and sugar) taste just like what you’d find at a German Christmas Market! They’re super quick and easy to make on your stove at home. You’ll love them! 

 

When I lived in Germany, I’d often splurge on a packet of warm German almonds roasted in a blend of cinnamon and sugar at the Christmas Market. It was impossible to simply walk past any stand selling them because they smelled SO good. The crunchy, warm, sweet nuts always hit the spot on cold days. Here’s what they look like in Germany: 

CC Photo credit: Marco Verch

I’m super excited that I can now make them at home in less than 15 minutes! And if you use my easy Gebrannte Mandeln recipe below, you can, too.

Gebrannte Mandeln literally mean burned almonds (or burnt almonds) but they are anything but burned. These cinnamon roasted almonds not only taste delicious, they make your house smell so good. Make a batch for snacking during a holiday game night, add some to a cheese board or bring a bowl to a holiday party. If you’re looking for a vegan and gluten free holiday treat, this is a good one! 

You could also scoop these cinnamon almonds into cute boxes, jars or paper cones to give as delicious holiday gifts!  

Three tips for making German Cinnamon Roasted Almonds:

  1. Read the entire recipe so you have a good idea what the process is. Once you get started it goes quickly!
  2. Have all ingredients measured and ready to use before starting. You’ll need to stir the sugar and cinnamon almonds the entire time.
  3. Don’t touch the sugared almonds with bare hands until they’ve cooled because the hot sugar will burn you.

One more thing. See how the almonds in the Christmas Market photo (scroll up a bit) are completely covered in sugar? And mine are not? My recipe uses 1 cup + 1/3 cup sugar. I find that this amount gives my almonds the right flavor without making them overly sweet. If you want your almonds really coated or prefer a sweeter treat, use 2 cups + 1/3 cup sugar. If you do increase the sugar, you may also want to add 1/4 – 1/2 tsp more cinnamon. 

 

How to Make German Gebrannte Mandeln (Cinnamon Sugar Almonds)

Step 1: Gather your ingredients

  • Heavy saucepan (not non-stick, I used my Le Creuset dutch oven)
  • Wooden spoon or spatula
  • Lined baking tray
  • Water
  • Sugar (divided)
  • Cinnamon (ground)
  • Raw almonds
  • Vanilla sugar (I find vanilla sugar easier in this recipe but you could also use vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste)

Measure all ingredients and set them within reach of the stove. Once you start this recipe you’ll need to stir the nuts the entire time and won’t be able to stop to measure out any more ingredients. It took me about 15 minutes start to finish to make these almonds. (And yes, I put my almonds in a wet ingredients measuring cup! The handle makes it easier to pour.) 

Step 2: Line a baking tray with parchment paper.

Set your baking tray near the stove so you can easily transfer the hot almonds to the tray to cool. 

If you have vanilla sugar, use 1 packet (I brought some home from the Netherlands so I used it in this recipe). Mix it with 1/3 cup  of the sugar.

Update: I now prefer to make vanilla bean sugar from scratch! Click here to get my quick and easy homemade vanilla bean sugar recipe. Vanilla bean sugar takes everything up a notch. I used it in recipes, oatmeal, hot drinks, and more. One small jar lasts me about a year. It also makes a great DIY holiday gift!

Step 3: Mix water and sugar

Add the water to the saucepan, then add the sugar and the cinnamon. Stir over medium heat.

Step 4: Turn up the heat and stir, stir, stir!

Keep stirring over medium heat until it comes to a boil.

Step 5: Add the almonds

Add the almonds, turn the heat up to high, and keep stirring. Do NOT stop stirring!

The sugar will start to get darker…

…and thicker as the water boils away. Keep stirring!

Soon, the almonds will start to look fuzzy. Keep stirring!

Then, the almonds will look really fuzzy and dry and will be hard to stir. The sugar is starting to stick to the almonds, which is exactly what you want. Keep stirring so the sugar doesn’t burn!

Turn the heat down to medium low, and keep stirring. Soon, the almonds will look shiny. Keep stirring so the almonds are evenly coated. Enjoy how delicious your kitchen smells. ūüôā

 

Step 6: Add the sugar + vanilla)

Add that 1/3 cup sugar mixed with vanilla. Keep stirring for another minute or so. You’re almost finished!

When the almonds are shiny with clumps of sugar on them, they’re done.

Step 7: Transfer almonds to a lined baking tray to cool

Transfer the almonds to a lined baking tray. Be very careful here because these almonds are HOT and will burn you. Use a wooden spoon to spread them out on the tray and separate the clumps. Work quickly, because the sugar dries fast. Do not touch them with your fingers until they’ve cooled!

Here’s a close-up…yuuuum.

Step 8: Break up the clumps & enjoy!

The Gebrannte Mandeln will cool in clumps so use a wooden spoon or your fingers to break them up. They’re delicious warm or at room temperature. You’ll want to store them in a cool, dry container…but I doubt you’ll have any left over to store!

Now, you might be wondering how to clean your saucepan when it looks like this:

Don’t fret! It’s just sugar. Fill the saucepan with water and let the sugar dissolve…while you munch on fresh German cinnamon sugar almonds!

Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

 

German Gebrannte Mandeln (German Cinnamon Roasted Almonds)

German Gebrannte Mandeln (German Cinnamon Roasted Almonds)

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Delicious Christmas Market-worthy cinnamon sugar almonds in less than 15 minutes! 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cups + 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 cup + 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla sugar (or vanilla extract)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups raw almonds (whole)

Instructions

  1. Heat water, cinnamon, and 1 cup sugar over medium heat. Stir continuously. Bring to a boil.
  2. Turn heat up to high. Add almonds. Stir continuously until the water has boiled out and the almonds look dry and fuzzy. This could take several minutes.
  3. Turn the heat down to medium low and keep stirring until the almonds are shiny and are evenly coated. 
  4. Turn heat down to low. Add the rest of the sugar and the vanilla. Stir until almonds are shiny, evenly coated, and have clumps of sugar on them. 
  5. Transfer almonds to a lined baking tray. Work quickly to spread out the almonds and separate the clumps. Use a wooden spoon to do this - not your fingers (you'll burn yourself)! Let almonds cool a bit. 
  6. Enjoy the cinnamon sugar almonds warm or cold. Store in a cool, dry container. 

Notes

Based on this recipe. 

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6 Comments

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    Alexis
    December 24, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    5 stars
    Yumm.

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    Denise
    April 1, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    5 stars
    These are fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful recipe!!

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      Cate
      April 2, 2019 at 12:35 am

      I’m glad you like them!

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