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Cinnamon Almond Brittle

It simply wouldn't be Christmas at our house without this old-time favorite twist on peanut brittle. No one believes how easy it is to make! —Lynette Kleinschmidt, Litchfield, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 2 pounds


  • 1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 cups slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 200°. Grease 2 baking sheets with 1 teaspoon butter; place in oven to warm.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Using a pastry brush dipped in water, wash down the sides of the pan to eliminate sugar crystals. Cook, without stirring, over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage). Stir in almonds, cinnamon, salt and remaining butter; cook until thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage), stirring frequently and brushing sides of pan as needed.
  • Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla. Immediately pour onto prepared pans, spreading to 1/4-in. thickness. Cool completely.
  • Break brittle into pieces. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.
Editor's Note
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce: 142 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 111mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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  • Beatrice
    Jun 20, 2018

    My brother Cecil Reccomended this recipe to me, and I must say, it truly is a gem. The crunchy almonds give it this amazing texture that makes my teeth tingle with joy. Make this recipe, give some brittle to your friends, and they will tingle with joy as well.

  • Jordano
    Jun 20, 2018

    My dog always loved this Brittle, his tail would wag like crazy every time we make it. unfortunately it always made him sick and he would vomit all over our carpet but it still made him happy. Rest in peace Butterball you will be missed.

  • Waukea
    Dec 14, 2017

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  • gld2bmom
    Dec 10, 2017

    My husband and I loved this brittle! It reminds you of the cinnamon almonds for sale at local fairs - delicious!

  • RhondaRisinger
    Dec 12, 2014

    The cinnamon is a great addition to this brittle. I found three cups of almonds was too much. There wasn't enough brittle to go around the nuts. Tried again with 2 cups of almonds and it was perfect. I made this for a bazaar for two years now and I've gotten great reviews.