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Three Pepper Almonds


  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 2 cups raw whole almonds, blanched ***
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 1/ ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat and when it is hot, add the oil.  Add the almonds and cook, stirring, just until they begin to color, about 5 minutes
  3. Add the brown sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, waiting until each tablespoon melts before adding the next, and cook until all but 1 tablespoon has been adding. Sprinkle in the pepper flakes, the black and white pepper, stirring all the while.
  4. Transfer the almonds to the prepared sheet and sprinkle evenly with the remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar and the salt. Separate the nuts and set aside to cool before serving.
  5. Makes 2 cups

***This recipe is inspired by our friends Steve and Carolyn!