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Cashew Brittle Recipe

Cashew Brittle Recipe

"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. YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 ounce) equals 187 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 209 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

Reviews for Cashew Brittle

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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 !"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"Very easy to make and a huge hit with the family! Work fast! It hardens very quickly!"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"I followed these directions exactly and found the result to be a sticky candy that never did completely harden. The solution is to extend the initial cooking time from 3 minutes to 4 minutes; add the cashews and cook for 3 minutes rather than 2 minutes; add the butter and vanilla; heat for another 1 1/2 minutes; then add the baking soda, stirring until very light and frothy. Spread evenly on a buttered cookie sheet and you'll have a true brittle."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"followed recipe and realized there was no water. Anyone know how much would be needed? I would like to make it and have it turn out correctly. Thanks for input."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2011

"Very very tasty treat!!! Easy to make too, especially after watching the video. I will be making this time and time again, especially since it disappears in my house so quickly!"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"I made this today and it was very easy and tastes great. Only thing, as mentioned before, you do need to have all the ingredients measured and layed out ready to use because this recipe moves much faster than the stovetop method. Mine turned out perfect. I have a 1000 Watt microwave so I extended the final cooking step to about 2 min. or so, watching it carefully that it did not burn.

My only complaint is: it doesn't make very much especially if you want to give it for stocking stuffers. This would be good with almonds or peanuts as well. Or maybe even mixed nuts..hummm..have to try that one!!"

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"This recipe is so simple and so delicious. My husband and I fought over it. By Christmas we had eaten it all. I wanted more and only had peanuts. It was just as good. Thanks for sharing this recipe."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2009

"Very good and easy recip. I made two individual batches and will try to to make a double batch next time. You do have to work fast as it sets up quickly"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"I stay away from any recipe requiring a candy thermometer, so this recipe was a real find. Of course, as easy as it is I still messed up on one step. I would make it again. For candy-impaired cooks like me I'd definitly suggest watching the video first!"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2009

"This brittle is easy to make and tastes delicious. My family loves it and I tend to hide it as much as I can, because if they find it, it vanishes."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"My 13 year old daughter found a cashew brittle recipe in this magazine and can not find it agin. She threw away the original on accident and has tried this website to find the one she did before (which all of her grandparents want for christmas). The recipe on the webiste calls for 2 1/2 c cashews and no way is that what it should be. Sorry this really isn't the recipe she used but it is stiil what the grandparents want"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"I have been making this recipe since it was first published in Taste of Home and giving it away to family members during the holidays. They look forward to me making it each year. I love the ease of the recipe - better than previous recipes I had that were cooked on the stove. Thanks for sharing your recipe and establishing a wonderful tradition in our family."

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"It is an excellant recipe and I have made it every year since I got it from your magazine and sometimes several times a year."

Reviewed Dec. 18, 2008

"This candy is so good. I've been making it for almost 10 years and it never disappoints. The easiest brittle recipe ever!"

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