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Maple-Spice Cashew Brittle

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 10 min. + cooling


about 3/4 pound

Crunchy cashews dot this tasty golden brittle, and a hint of spice makes it delightfully different. —Annie Rundle, Simple & Delicious Test Kitchen
Maple-Spice Cashew Brittle Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup chopped cashews
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring


  1. Grease a 15x10x1-in. pan with 1 teaspoon butter.
  2. In a microwave-safe 8-cup glass measuring bowl, mix sugar and corn syrup until blended. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes; stir. Microwave, uncovered, on high 2-1/2 minutes longer. Stir in cashews, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and remaining butter.
  3. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2 to 2-1/2 minutes or until mixture turns a light amber color (mixture will be very hot). Quickly stir in baking soda and maple flavoring (mixture will foam). Immediately pour into prepared pan, spreading with a metal spatula. Cool completely.
  4. Break brittle into pieces. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 ounce: 149 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 183mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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