Cashew Brittle Recipe
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Cashew Brittle Recipe

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"I like this quick-and-easy recipe because it doesn't require a candy thermometer," explains Rhonda Glenn from her Prince Frederick, Maryland home. "It also makes a great gift."
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups salted cashew halves
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 187 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (24g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes; stir. Heat 2 minutes longer. Stir in cashews and butter. Microwave on high for 20-50 seconds or until mixture turns a light amber (mixture will be very hot).
  2. Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla until light and foamy. Immediately pour onto a greased baking sheet and spread with a metal spatula. Chill for 20 minutes or until set; break into small pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3/4 pound.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Cashew Brittle in Quick Cooking December 2000, p43

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Reviewed Jan. 9, 2015

"Super easy and so delish! Very buttery, and ,well, yummy!"

Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"I was making this at my boyfriend's house and it must have cooked WAY faster than the time stated. Burnt way before cooking time was over and ruined his microwave bowl, Needless to say I did not finish making it, but don't think I will attempt it again."

Reviewed Dec. 30, 2013

"This is my most requested recipe I make for Christmas. Make sure not to add any more than one teaspoon of butter or it will not harden."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"This is wonderful, fast and easy. I've made it for several years now. I often substitute peanuts for the cashews and I adjusted the cooking times as I have a 1200 watt microwave. I used slightly less cooking times. Turns out perfect every time!!"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"Due to variations in microwaves I would not use this recipe.I cooked it longer than called for because it never turned an amber color.It was a rubbery mess !"

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