I have this strange, strange fascination with snickerdoodles. They weren’t a cookie my family made for Christmas – those were chocolate chip, date and nut pinwheels and sugar cookies that my grandparents and I spend hours decorating together.
My first real memory of snickerdoodles is from 5th or 6th grade. We would do this day called “Colonial School Days” where we would move out all the desks and move benches into the classroom. We would all dress up in colonial garb (and because my grandmother owned a costume shop, I had the best costumes always) and use little blackboards to do our work. Oh, and eat snickerdoodles because they were a colonial cookie. I don’t know if I believe that or not, but we were all supposed to bring in snickerdoodles… so basically we all ate snickerdoodles for like two weeks straight. I still distinctly remember my mother’s snickerdoodles being the best.
So back to these almonds. Have you had Blue Diamond’s flavored almonds? I kind of killed a tin of sea salt caramel and dark chocolate but also they have refined sugar and junk in them. Halfway through I realized I could easily make my own flavored almonds. So I ordered a bag of almonds to be delivered from Costco and I made it happen. (The joys of living in San Francisco: I can have whatever I want delivered that day.)
These would make a super cute/tasty holiday gift for someone. Just put a bunch in a jar and tie a ribbon on it and voila, you can mass produce gifts for teachers, hostesses and your esthetician. (Do I need to get Tu a Christmas gift?? Remind me to make these as soon as I get home because I have an appointment with her the same day. #priorities)
- 2 cups almonds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- pinch pink Himalyan sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Slipat.
- Mix together melted coconut oil and almonds and place in a single layer on baking sheet.
- Mix together coconut sugar, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Sprinkle over almonds.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until roasted, stirring halfway through.
- Let cool completely and store in an airtight container.
Chat with me:
Were Colonial School Days the weirdest concept ever? What are your family’s traditional holiday cookies? Have you done any holiday shopping yet? (I haven’t… surprise, surprise.)