Pecan Brittle Recipe
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Pecan Brittle Recipe

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This is a favorite of my family. I love making this candy for Christmas.—Fern Newsom, Dubach, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 136 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. Grease a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
  2. In a 2-qt. microwave-safe glass dish, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage).
  3. Add pecans. Microwave for 4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Mixture will be very hot. Vigorously stir in the baking soda, vanilla and remaining butter until blended.
  4. Quickly pour into prepared pan; spread with a metal spatula as thin as possible. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers. Yield: about 1 pound.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave. We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Pecan Brittle in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2008, p69

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leisa-va 240565
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2015

"Tastes are individual. I will qualify my review that my review is based on a taste preference. I did not care for this recipe. Again, this is a taste preference. I prefer a more 'buttery' experience with nut brittles and a little more crunch. I believed this recipe to be somewhat (not grossly) lacking in depth of flavor and in 'crunch'. Having said that...instructions were clear, and it produces a satisfactory product. However, it is not on par (to my tastes) with other recipes that I have used. It is certainly worth making to determine if it satisfies YOUR tastes. I thank the submitter of this recipe for taking time to share."

wtwilson3 238714
Reviewed Dec. 4, 2015

"Worked great! My microwave is supposed to be 1350 watts, but still took 4:00 plus 1:30 more to get it to temperature on the first step. But 4:00 minutes worked great on the second heat. Don't know how anyone could have "burned" it as one review said. Perhaps they have a huge old 2000 watt or higher microwave. I'd recommend try it again and heat in 2 minute increments until you get to temperature. Also I think the ratio of nuts to candy is a little high. I think next time I'll double the candy, but only increase the nuts by a third or so. Finally found another good use for the microwave besides leftovers."

chierra 217598
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2015

"thank you so much for this recipe, I have never made any kind of brittle before and this was so easy and delicious, thanks again"

mushula 216045
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2014

"This was horrible and I've made brittle for 20 yrs. I followed the recipe to a "T" and burnt everything...I even used a candy thermometer."

cathybutts 163021
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2014

"This was wonderful!! And sooo easy. My microwave is a 1,650 watt microwave so I adjusted both cooktimes to be 3 minutes rather than 4. Thank you for including the candy temperatures - that helped me to be confident on the times. It was so good and so easy, I am going to make another batch tomorrow."

BakingBestie 149029
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2014

"Made it just like the recipe said, and I had a hard time getting everybody around to wait for it to cool before they dug in! Smelled and tasted really good. It's actually almost addicting; you can't just eat one piece! Needless to say, I may need to make another batch if I want any tomorrow."

twodogs16 164965
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2013

"This a fast and easy way to make a very good brittle. I can only say "Make sure you have everything ready to make this." cause it comes together fast."

Splasharoo 75935
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"This recipe was true to the point. I wouldn't add anything! Quick easy and delicious!"

bklebow 118544
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2012

"This is the best brittle recipe I have ever made"

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