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Cashew Brittle

I like this quick and easy recipe because it doesn't require a candy thermometer. It also makes a wonderful gift for nut lovers on your list. —Rhonda Glenn, Prince Frederick, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    3/4 pound


  • 2 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups salted cashew halves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Grease a baking sheet with 1 teaspoon butter.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, mix sugar and corn syrup; microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar; microwave 2 minutes longer. Stir in cashews and remaining butter; microwave on high for 40 seconds. Stir; continue microwaving in 20-second intervals until mixture turns a light amber color, about 1-2 minutes. (Mixture will be very hot.) Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla until light and foamy.
  • Immediately pour onto prepared pan, spreading with a metal spatula; cool slightly. Refrigerate until set, 15-20 minutes.
  • Break brittle into pieces. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.
Editor's Note
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce: 184 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Jannine
    Jan 11, 2019

    Fantastic recipe! If you follow the directions exactly, you will have a delicious treat that is much easier and less hassle than making it on the stove top using a candy thermometer. I recommend a glass bowl to prevent sticking and also to soak the bowl in very hot soapy water immediately after pouring out the mixture onto the pan. I always avoided making brittle but thanks to this recipe I will be making it often.

  • catwoman98031
    Jan 9, 2015

    Super easy and so delish! Very buttery, and ,well, yummy!

  • bekkalynn
    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.

  • shopperlady
    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.

  • knollbrookcook
    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!!

  • fishbowl25
    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 !

  • tlhmsw
    Dec 21, 2011

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

  • lecmcf
    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.

  • judi3900
    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.

  • Ductape615
    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!