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cinnamon roasted almonds (makes 4 cups)
If you have ever seen (or smelled) a street vendor selling cinnamon roasted nuts, you know that they usually charge $5 or more for a few ounces. With this recipe, you can make a whole pound of them in your own kitchen for under $10. You can also substitute another type of nut, or use a mix of different kinds.

4 cups (1 pound) whole almonds
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon (add more if you like a stronger cinnamon flavor)

medium sized bowl
small bowl
wire whisk
wooden spoon or spatula
half sheet pan (or anything that is oven proof, has sides, and is large
enough to accommodate the almonds in a single layer)
non-stick spray

1 Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2 Place the almonds in the medium sized bowl.
3 In the small bowl, beat the egg white until it is frothy. Pour it over the almonds and stir to coat them. Add the sugar and cinnamon and stir again.
4 Dump the almonds into whatever pan you are using, and spread them out. Bake the almonds in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, stirring them every 15 minutes. Let cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. The almonds keep for a couple of weeks if stored properly, but they are so good they won't last that long!
5 You can easily package the roasted almonds in pre-made gift bags or tins, but I like to put them in cellophane cones like street vendors do. You can buy disposable piping bags from any store that sells cake decorating supplies, fill them about 2/3 full with the almonds, gather the excess and tie with a ribbon. You can also make your own out of different colors of cellophane by cutting a quarter-circle shape, rolling into a cone and securing the end with clear tape.


Lindsay McElderry is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. These days she attends college in the middle of Iowa, where she lives with her boyfriend and two fish.  Upon graduating this December, she looks forward to devoting quality time to some of her favorite activities -- watching bad reality TV shows, collecting vintage pottery, and hiking.

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