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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.