Spiced Rum-Nut Brittle Recipe
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Spiced Rum-Nut Brittle Recipe

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Seasoned with cayenne pepper and cinnamon, this spicy microwave brittle packs its own heat and warms up holiday visitors. It also makes a great stocking stuffer! —Terri McKitrick, Delafield, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce: 263 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Butter a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan; set aside.
  2. In a 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes; stir. Microwave 2-1/2 minutes longer. Stir in the cashews, pecans, butter, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and nutmeg.
  3. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 minutes or until mixture turns a light amber color (mixture will be very hot). Quickly stir in baking soda and extracts until light and foamy. Immediately pour into prepared pan; spread with a metal spatula. Cool completely. Break into pieces; store in an airtight container. Yield: about 1 pound.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Spiced Rum-Nut Brittle in Simple & Delicious November/December 2007, p17

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cmilot User ID: 3721198 168972
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2013

"Made this 11:30 pm Christmas Eve. Fast, easy, delicious! Bowl was hard to clean afterwards."

mamaknowsbest User ID: 5826120 168970
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"Don't let the long list of ingredients scare you away! This is a great recipe. Not only easy to make but everyone loves it! I make this not just during the Holidays but hot weather too. No over or stove top. The quick microwave makes it so easy!"

nomoreburnt User ID: 5703239 99027
Reviewed Dec. 30, 2010

"My husband made this recipe for some of our Christmas presents and EVERYONE wanted the recipe. This one will definitely go into our "do not lose this recipe" file."

jlowe16655 User ID: 5582244 171888
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010

"Wow! This is the best brittle ever. My family likes spicey and this is a major hit!"

lstraub User ID: 3484828 173331
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2010


NolaMcDougall User ID: 1576289 79174
Reviewed Jun. 5, 2010

"The cinnamon and cayenne add a wonderful kick to this brittle. My family could not keep away from it."

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