German Candied Almonds (Gebrannte Mandeln)

These German Candied Almonds Are Sweet and Delicious!

Searching for the perfect addition to your holiday snacking game? German candied almonds – or Gebrannte Mandeln in German – are for you!

Made from fresh almonds, sugars, and fragrant spices like cinnamon, our German candied almond recipe is so easy to follow.

These candied almonds are actually a pretty versatile recipe to make. Sure, candied candied almonds are great around the holidays (with cinnamon and vanilla filling your kitchen).

But they also make a great sugary, snack-size treat for movie night during the rest of the year.

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German candied almonds – served up in a classic paper cone!

You might find candied almonds called German roasted almonds. To be fair, these almonds aren’t roasted at all – it’s the candied sugar coating that gives them their coloring.

Gebrannte Mandeln literally translates to “burnt almonds” but it’s just a way of saying that they are coated in sugar.

Looking for more holiday treats? Try our cinnamon stars, rum balls, mulled wine (we also have a mulled white wine), and vanilla crescent cookies!

Sugared almonds are a classic German Christmas market staple. We’ve had them in Germany countless times where they scoop them into a paper cone and off you go snacking as you wander through!

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German candied almonds make a great holiday treat!

How to Make German Candied Almonds (Step-by-Step)

If you want to make candied almonds, you can follow the recipe card below and have a look at the process photos. This way, you have an idea of what the various steps might look like!

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The ingredients in the pan ready to be heated…

Add water, sugar, vanilla extract and cinnamon into a large – still cold – pan on the stove. Turn on the stove to medium heat and stir the ingredients consistently.

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Mix the coating ingredients together with the almonds awaiting their sugar bath.

Your mixture will get brown and look similar to the photo above. Once the sugar mixture is bubbling you can add the almonds.

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Almonds into the coating…

Turn down the heat slightly and keep the mixture simmering until the water evaporates. This will take around 6-8 minutes. Stir the almonds regularly.

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The coating will begin to thicken as it lightly boils off the water…

As you can see in the photo above, the sugar mixture will begin to thicken as the water evaporates. Keep stirring!

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The almonds sticking and stacking…

Eventually, all the water will have evaporated. Once the almonds begin to really stick together and stack on top of one another you are pretty much done.

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Place the almonds on parchment paper to let them cool.

Remove the almonds from the pan and spread them out on parchment paper. Some of the almonds might stick together slightly. You can gently separate them with a fork. Let the almonds rest until they have cooled sufficiently.

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The final product – toss the candied almonds in a bowl or paper cone!

In our opinion, German candied almonds taste best when they are fresh. However, you can store them in a container with a lid for around 4-5 days if you made too many. Just know that they might not be as crispy as the first day.

Enjoy our German candied almond recipe and bring some Christmas market atmosphere into your home!

german candied almonds in paper cone with cinnamon stick

German Candied Almonds (Gebrannte Mandeln)

Yield: 8
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Sweet and cinnamony, these German candied almonds are the perfect treat. With fresh almonds coated in a perfect blend of sugar and spices, these almonds are a great addition to a holiday snack table... or just great to eat on your own!


  • 2 cups almonds with skin
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon


  1. Add water, sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to a large pan. Stir everything together with a wooden spoon and heat up the ingredients on your stovetop on medium heat. Keep stirring consistently.
  2. When the mixture is boiling (and bubbling), add the almonds. Turn the heat down slightly and keep the mixture simmering until the water evaporates and the sugar gets brown (around 6-8 minutes). Keep stirring the almonds around.
  3. Once all the water has evaporated and the almonds are coated in the sugar mixture, remove the almonds from the pan and place them on some parchment paper to let them cool. Separate almonds that got stuck together with a fork before you let them cool.


  • Keep an eye on your stovetop temperature - if it's too hot, the sugar might not only brown but start to burn in the pan.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 331Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 173mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 4gSugar: 33gProtein: 7g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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