Spanish Caramelized Almonds (Almendras Caramelizadas)

Close up of caramelized almonds

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Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
361 Calories
22g Fat
37g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 361
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 9g
Calcium 112mg 9%
*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.)

Almonds are used in Spanish sauces, desserts and as a snack. A bowl of caramelized almonds can be served as a tapa or a dessert. Adding a touch of salt to the sweet coating can give that special touch. These caramelized almonds are so good that it's hard to just eat one.


  • 4 oz/110 g powdered sugar
  • 2 1/2 oz/70 mL water
  • 6 oz/170 g raw whole almonds
  • Optional: dash salt
  • Optional:1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat a large frying pan over a low to medium heat.

  2. Pour the water into the pan and stir in the powdered sugar until the sugar is completely absorbed. Add the cinnamon (if using), stir, then add the almonds into the pan and stir continuously using a wooden spoon.

  3. It will take about 10 minutes for the water to evaporate completely and for the sugar to caramelize. Once the sugar melts and caramelizes, keep moving the almonds until they are entirely coated. Then tip the almonds out of the pan onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper to cool.

Serving Variations

Serve these caramelized almonds by themselves, or add to a green salad. Coarsely chop and use as a topping for flan, natillas, or ice cream. Slices of Spanish cheese, such as manchego, paired with caramelized almonds makes a simple dessert for spring and summertime.

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