Almond Dragees

Almond Dragees are crunchy, caramelized almonds tossed in chocolate, then dusted with cocoa powder or powdered sugar.  They’re gluten and dairy free!

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**This post was updated with new photos, text and recipe in May 2019.

Almond dragees are the most unassuming, yet highly addictive treats I’ve ever eaten.

They aren’t very eye-catching as they’re brown and bumpy, but don’t let these little gems fool you. πŸ™‚

Just one of these caramel coated, chocolate dipped, cocoa dusted almonds will have you reaching for more. 

A lot more.

See my other homemade chocolate candy and treats.

Almond Dragees

Before cooking school, I never knew what almond drageΓ©s were.  I’d heard of silver drageΓ©s, but they’re not the same at all.  I’ll get into those a bit more below.

We made this recipe for almond dragees for our cooking school Christmas party, and that was the first time I’d ever tried them.  

Some were dusted in powdered sugar, and some with cocoa powder.  I was lucky enough to get to take some home, and I loved them more than most of the other treats we served at the party.  

In fact, I hid them from the rest of family.  No shame!

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What are almond dragees?

Almond dragees are toasted almonds coated in a hard, caramelized sugar coating.  They’re tossed in chocolate, then dusted with cocoa powder or powdered sugar.

Maybe you’ve seen hazelnut dragees in candy stores before?  They’re amazing as well.

Of course, almond dragees aren’t to be confused with silver dragees, which are used to decorate cakes, pies and cookies.  

almond dragees in sheet pan lined with parchment paper

How to make almond dragees

These are really easy to make, but there’s a little elbow grease involved.  You may not want to do an upper body workout the day you make these. πŸ™‚

  • First, stir the water and sugar together in large pan over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, then bring to a boil.
  • Add the almonds and cook over high heat, stirring constantly until all of the water evaporates, and the sugar becomes sandy.  Reduce the heat to medium, and continue cooking and stirring until the crystallized sugar melts and caramelizes.  As the sugar melts, it will coat the almonds.  
  • Once the almonds are caramelized, immediately pour onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with a silicone mat or parchment paper.  Allow to cool, then break apart and place in the freezer while you melt the chocolate.
  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in a heat proof bowl over simmering water.  Place the almonds in a bowl and pour 1/3 of the chocolate over them, stirring until coated.  Repeat in two more additions, allowing the chocolate to harden between each addition, and breaking up any clusters that form.
  • Toss with cocoa powder and try not to eat every last one.

almond dragees process collage

Recipe tips and substitutions

  • Almond dragees keep well in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
  • Dragees may be coated in the same amount of powdered sugar if you prefer that over cocoa powder.
  • Hazelnuts are a great substitution for almonds!

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More chocolate recipes you’ll love:

Dark chocolate fruit and nut clusters

Chocolate bark with almonds, cherries and ginger

Homemade peanut butter cups

Salted dark chocolate toffee fudge

Rocky road candy

Salted caramel chocolate truffles

Almond Dragees

Yield: About 2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Almond Dragees are crunchy, caramelized almonds dipped in chocolate, and dusted with cocoa powder or powdered sugar. They're gluten and dairy free!

Almond Dragees

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups whole raw almonds
  • 8 ounces dairy free or regular chocolate
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted

Instructions

  1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
  2. In a medium pan, stir the sugar with the water over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved, and bring to a boil. Increase the heat to high and add the almonds, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. During this process, you're crystallizing the sugar and toasting the almonds. Continue cooking until all of the water evaporates and the sugar becomes very sandy.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium, and continue to stir until the crystallized sugar begins to melt and caramelize. As the sugar melts, it will begin to coat the almonds. When the nuts are caramelized, immediately pour out onto the prepared pan and spread in a single layer and cool. Once the nuts are cool, place in the freezer while you melt the chocolate.
  4. Place the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over simmering water and melt until smooth.
  5. Remove the almonds from the freezer and break up any nuts that are stuck together. Place the almonds in a bowl and pour 1/3 of the melted chocolate over the nuts and stir immediately. Repeat in two more additions, allowing each addition of chocolate to become firm and break up any clusters before adding more. The almonds will appear dry and chalky at this point.
  6. Sift the cocoa powder or powdered sugar over the almonds and stir to coat completely. If you're using powdered sugar, make sure the almonds are in a clean bowl before dusting. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Recipe adapted from Tante Marie Cooking School, San Francisco, CA.
  • Almond dragees keep well in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.
  • Dragees may be coated in the same amount of powdered sugar if you prefer that over cocoa powder.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

About 2 tablespoons

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 214 Total Fat: 11g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 7g Cholesterol: 3mg Sodium: 12mg Carbohydrates: 25g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 20g Protein: 4g
Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made.

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