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Pistachio Brittle

 Pistachio Brittle
"This crunchy nut brittle is a favorite of my family," reports Cheryl Brungardt of Wheat Ridge Colorado. "It's a snap to prepare as a last-minute holiday gift. Be careful moving it in and out of the microwave, though, because the syrup gets very hot," she cautions.
12 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 cup shelled natural pistachios
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup and salt.
  • Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes. Stir. Microwave 2
  • minutes longer. Stir in butter and pistachios. Microwave on high for
  • 30-60 seconds or until mixture turns a light amber (it will be very
  • hot). Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla until light and foamy.
  • Immediately pour onto a greased baking sheet and spread out.
  • Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm; break into small pieces.
  • Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3/4 pound.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 ounce) equals 137 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 171 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.