Smoky Candied Almonds Recipe

Photographs: Daniel Gritzer

Coated in an intriguing glaze that's flavored with smoked paprika, these roasted almonds will be a hit at any gathering.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • A single egg white helps create a candy coating that's light and crisp, without being overly airy.
  • A moderate oven toasts the nuts just enough while reducing the risk of over-roasting them.

Note: This recipe will work just as well with other types of nuts, such as walnuts, cashews, and pecans.

Recipe Details

Smoky Candied Almonds Recipe

Active 15 mins
Total 45 mins
Serves 16 servings
Makes 4 cups


  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 large egg white

  • 4 cups whole raw skin-on almonds (about 1 1/4 pounds)


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F, position rack in middle position, and grease a rimmed baking sheet with oil or nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, stir together sugar, salt, paprika, cayenne, Old Bay, and black pepper.

  2. In a large bowl, lightly beat egg white until slightly foamy. Stir in spiced sugar until a smooth batter forms (it will start out looking dry but will loosen as you stir).

  3. Fold in almonds until evenly coated. Spread glazed almonds in a single even layer on the prepared baking sheet and bake until nuts are lightly toasted, about 25 minutes.

  4. Let cool, stirring nuts every few minutes to prevent sticking. Once cool, break up any remaining clumps and serve. Nuts can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

This Recipe Appears In

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
233 Calories
18g Fat
13g Carbs
8g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 233
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 24%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 354mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 100mg 8%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 264mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)