Crack Almonds

  • "Orange Is the New Black Presents: The Cookbook" by Jenji Kohan, Tara Herrmann, Hartley Voss, Alex Regnery © Abrams 2014. Reprinted with permission from Abrams. All rights reserved.
Total Time:
45 min
5 min
Inactive Prep:
30 min
10 min
about 1 cup (160g)


  • 1 cup (140 g) almonds, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Preheat a medium cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Add the almonds and toast, stirring often, for 3 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned. Sprinkle the brown sugar and salt over the almonds and cook, stirring almost continuously with a wooden spoon, until the brown sugar is completely melted and darkened in color, watching the skillet carefully so the almonds don't burn, 3 to 5 minutes. Spread the almonds in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet and let cool completely, then break up any clumps with your hands and get to work on eating your fill.

Tip: Make in small batches because of crack almonds' addictive nature.