I perused several versions, all of them pretty similar. I went with this one. I had everything but the almonds on hand. Tip: nuts are usually less expensive during this time of year due to all of the baking people do, and can be kept in the freezer for a good long time. Stock up!
Mixing up the magic. I could probably eat the sugar/brown sugar/cinnamon mixture with a spoon. I am a giant sugar addict. Actually, it would be delish on top of oatmeal or buttered toast.
Into the crock pot they go! Now, keep in mind that although this is a slow cooker recipe, it is definitely not a hands-off type of recipe. You need to stir these every 20 minutes for 3 to 4 hours in order to turn them from this:
This was after the water was added. It kind of dissolves the sugar mixture a little bit and turns it into a scrumptious candy coating.
It's important to spread these really well out as they cool. I thought I could fit them all onto one sheet pan but ended up using 2. Some of them sort of stuck together, so I just gently tapped them with a rubber spatula to break them apart.
A close up. So, these didn't turn out *exactly* like the cinnamon almonds from the mall. The coating is a little more crumbly and not as hard and crunchy. Maybe if I cooked them for the full 4 hours instead of 3 it would have been different? That being said, these are quite delicious. I bagged up half of them to give to our neighbors in a holiday treat package, and greedily kept the rest for myself. I've been snacking on them all week, and even snuck a little bag into the theatre with me when we went to see The Hobbit. I also plan on crushing a few of them up to try as a salad topping. I think these will definitely be made again in the near future.