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Gebrannte Mandeln- German Roasted Almonds Recipe

Gebrannte Mandeln- German Roasted Almonds Recipe

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Visit any German Christmas Market or Fair, and you will smell the sugary, cinnamon, nutty scent of Gebrannte Mandeln. I think they waft the smell around to lure you in (and it works). Grab a bag to munch as you shop. Crunchy, sweet, nutty… so delicious.  But there is no reason to wait until your next visit to a Christmas Market. Use this German Roasted Almonds Recipe to make Gebrannte Mandeln at home! Munch on them as a special treat… serve them to guests along side your cheese plate at a Holiday Party…. or pack some up in a pretty container to give as a gift (just be sure to keep some for yourself).

gebrannte mandeln recipe

The recipe for Gebrannte Mandeln is fairly simple. Mostly it’s sugar, almonds, and a bit of cinnamon. The difficult part comes in the amount of stirring you need to do. You CAN NOT dump all ingredients into a pot and walk away, you’ll end up with a burnt mess. And as the process goes on, the stirring gets more strenuous. (It helps to have a willing teenage helper to trade off stirring).

Note, the recipe uses 2 cups of Almonds… so you end up with 2 1/2 cups of Candied Almonds. Not very many… I imagine you can double the recipe, but it will make stirring a lot tougher. You be the judge.

Gebrannte Mandeln Recipe

Read through the recipe first and make sure you have everything on your counter and ready to go BEFORE you start. You will be stirring and stirring and stirring (no stopping), so you will need everything at hand.


PLEASE be careful of the hot sugar… it burns (I have scars to prove it) Use Potholders and good sense.
Also, if it’s raining, don’t let the Almonds sit in the open too long. They will get sticky.


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Step By Step Instruction with PICTURES

Get out all the ingredients, measure them and have them ready to use.
Cover a sheet pan with parchment paper.

In a heavy pot, bring the water, sugar and cinnamon to a boil, then add almonds

german candied almonds recipe

Stir and stir 

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Then continue to stir until the water evaporates, and you are left with sugar coated almonds

(it will happen, it just takes time and stirring)

german roasted almond recipe

Keep stirring until the Almonds turn shiny

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Now add the rest of the sugar with the Vanilla Zucker or Vanilla extract

(I know… you JUST got them shiny, and now they are sugary again… trust me)

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Stir and stir until the Almonds are mostly shiny again

german roasted almonds recipe

Pour out onto a Parchment Paper covered Cookie sheet

candied almonds recipe

Spread out and let cool

It might be easier to use 2 spoons to spread them out.

german roasted almonds recipe

Store AIR TIGHT (after they cool)

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  1. I have just returned from the Christmas market and was looking to make german roasted almonds as the fragrance of it is still lingering in me. I follow a low carb diet and I will also try to recreate a low carb version of this recipe.

    1. I’m doing the same thing, Sanghita! Going to try Splenda and take it from there! Good luck to you; please tell me what you used and how it turned out! ;D

  2. I hope you will accept my signing up. I am a boy, not a girl, a 70-year-old boy to be precise. I am familiar with German cooking, I grew up in Basel/Switzerland and gebrannte Mandeln is one of my favorite snacks. I was married to a Swiss girl for 32 years, our entire family loves gebrannte Mandeln. PS: my website has nothing to do with gebrannte Mandeln or any food tor that matter.


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