Gingerbread Glazed Almonds

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Gingerbread Glazed Almonds
I’ve been craving gingerbread since October. No kidding. I just want one delicious square – perfectly spiced with just the right amount of molasses and a drizzle of glaze. But where did the month go? I had all intentions of wrapping up work, planning out a fantastic 2017 (complete with a shiny new planner and pens), and leaving plenty of time to bake all the goodies this week. Well… That. Didn’t. Happen. I know you feel me.

I still have tons of work to do but visions of sugar plums are dancing in my head. Though I won’t have time to create all the fun, sweet treats I’ve saved on Instagram and Pinterest, I did squeeze in a taste. This Gingerbread Glazed Almond recipe was the quick fix I needed to satisfy my relentless gingerbread craving (temporarily).

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This month’s Recipe Redux theme required us to grab a cookbook and choose a recipe on any page in the numbers 2016. The goal was to be inspired or make the recipe a bit healthier. I rarely cook from cookbooks anymore but this reminded me just how much I love it.

I pulled out one of my favorite cookbooks, The Better Homes and Gardens Bridal Edition. Yes. There’s a story on how I got this cookbook but nope – not going there. It’s a beautiful cookbook, packed with classic recipes and elegant ones for entertaining and making special memories. (It makes a great gift for any newlyweds in your life.)

Better Homes Gardens Bridal Edition Cookbook

On page 60, I found a recipe for Sweet Spiced Walnuts. While these sound great, I immediately thought about how I can make them holiday appropriate. I also wanted to leave out the egg to keep them vegan. I created the simple glaze using brown sugar, molasses, ginger, and cinnamon. After an easy toss and roast in the oven, my Gingerbread Glazed Almonds were done!

If you haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet, these Gingerbread Glazed Almonds might be an answer. With only a few ingredients and less than 30 minutes from start to finish, it makes an easy homemade food gift. Make a big batch. Pack in individual tins or jars and slap a bow on them. Hand deliver them to your neighbors or hand them out as thank you gifts during a holiday party or brunch.

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Gingerbread Glazed Almonds
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Calories: 162 kcal
Author: Marisa
Ingredients
  • cup plain almonds
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons hot water
  • pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Prepare a baking sheet fitted with parchment paper.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk sugar, molasses, spices and hot water until the sugar dissolves and the glaze is smooth. Add the almonds. Toss to coat. 

  3. Spread the almonds onto the prepared baking sheet in a single layer. 

  4. Roast 20 minutes, turning once. Remove from the oven. Let cool completely. Store cooled almonds in a sealed glass jar

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14 Comments on Gingerbread Glazed Almonds

  1. Sara @sarahaasrdn.com
    December 21, 2016 at 3:05 PM (7 months ago)
    Oh, I just love these Marisa! I too would love a perfect slice of gingerbread, perhaps January? Thank you for the yummy recipe! Reply
    • Marisa
      December 21, 2016 at 3:53 PM (7 months ago)
      :) I feel like the gingerbread window closes at the end of the year. But the way I'm feeling, I may make an exception! Reply
  2. Maria
    December 21, 2016 at 7:51 PM (7 months ago)
    This sounds like a perfect holiday snack! Love your photos too. I hope you have a chance to relax and unwind before the new year! Reply
    • Marisa
      December 21, 2016 at 8:32 PM (7 months ago)
      Thanks, Maria! I do too... looking forward to relaxing a couple days next week. Reply
  3. Bethany
    December 21, 2016 at 9:12 PM (7 months ago)
    These sounds so easy and delicious! I love to dream about how the ginger and molasses will taste together. Reply
    • Marisa
      December 21, 2016 at 10:14 PM (7 months ago)
      They are so easy. And honestly that molasses was calling my name. Had to do it! Reply
  4. Brynn at The Domestic Dietitian
    December 21, 2016 at 9:27 PM (7 months ago)
    I am right there with you on all my "plans" on finishing up so much of my to do list so I could just relish in the holidays. Completely did not happen. These sound fantastic and such a great little hostess gift! Or gift for the neighbors in lieu of cookies. Reply
    • Marisa
      December 21, 2016 at 10:13 PM (7 months ago)
      Yes. We have enough cookies floating around! And what is it about year end?! I'll still make time to relish a bit Reply
    • Marisa
      December 22, 2016 at 4:14 PM (7 months ago)
      Thanks, Jessica! Always learning :) Reply
  5. Serena Ball
    December 22, 2016 at 4:26 PM (7 months ago)
    I'm not dreaming of sugar plums. I'm dreaming of a ReDux theme that gets you to spill the story of the Bridal version of BH&G. Maybe "Tell us the healthy cookbook you got that goes with a juicy story." Molasses on glazed nuts? Genious! Reply
    • Marisa
      December 22, 2016 at 4:51 PM (7 months ago)
      This made me ! That story may be best told over a glass of bubbly Reply
  6. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen
    December 27, 2016 at 8:22 PM (7 months ago)
    Oh my YUM! I love gingerbread....and I'm thinking this might be delicious with walnuts and pecans as well. :) Reply
    • Marisa
      December 27, 2016 at 8:36 PM (7 months ago)
      Definitely. I went with what I had the most of! Reply

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