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Pecan Brittle

This is a favorite of my family. I love making this candy for Christmas.—Fern Newsom, Dubach, Louisiana
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    about 1 pound


  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Grease a 15x10x1-in. pan with 2 teaspoons butter; set aside.
  • In a 2-qt. microwave-safe glass dish, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage).
  • Add pecans. Microwave for 4 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage). Mixture will be very hot. Vigorously stir in the baking soda, vanilla and remaining butter until blended.
  • Quickly pour into prepared pan; spread with a metal spatula as thin as possible. Cool completely; break into pieces. Store in an airtight container with waxed paper between layers.
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.
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.
This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce-weight: 136 calories, 6g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 90mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Martha
    Dec 10, 2018

    Well the previous rating was from 2015 but I have a fairly new microwave and 4 minutes on the second step seems to be too long. I do not have "huge old 2000 watt microwave" and have made this recipe several times. It did scorch the pecans at 4 minutes (really 3 min 30 sec is when I stopped it). (I guess I thought that comment was rather rude) It is a good recipe but be aware that it may scorch during the second 4 min. everyone is different.

  • leisa-va
    Dec 29, 2015

    Tastes are individual. I will qualify my review that my review is based on a taste preference. I did not care for this recipe. Again, this is a taste preference. I prefer a more 'buttery' experience with nut brittles and a little more crunch. I believed this recipe to be somewhat (not grossly) lacking in depth of flavor and in 'crunch'. Having said that...instructions were clear, and it produces a satisfactory product. However, it is not on par (to my tastes) with other recipes that I have used. It is certainly worth making to determine if it satisfies YOUR tastes. I thank the submitter of this recipe for taking time to share.

  • wtwilson3
    Dec 4, 2015

    Worked great! My microwave is supposed to be 1350 watts, but still took 4:00 plus 1:30 more to get it to temperature on the first step. But 4:00 minutes worked great on the second heat. Don't know how anyone could have "burned" it as one review said. Perhaps they have a huge old 2000 watt or higher microwave. I'd recommend try it again and heat in 2 minute increments until you get to temperature. Also I think the ratio of nuts to candy is a little high. I think next time I'll double the candy, but only increase the nuts by a third or so. Finally found another good use for the microwave besides leftovers.

  • chierra
    Jan 11, 2015

    thank you so much for this recipe, I have never made any kind of brittle before and this was so easy and delicious, thanks again

  • mushula
    Dec 27, 2014

    This was horrible and I've made brittle for 20 yrs. I followed the recipe to a "T" and burnt everything...I even used a candy thermometer.

  • cathybutts
    Jul 6, 2014

    This was wonderful!! And sooo easy. My microwave is a 1,650 watt microwave so I adjusted both cooktimes to be 3 minutes rather than 4. Thank you for including the candy temperatures - that helped me to be confident on the times. It was so good and so easy, I am going to make another batch tomorrow.

  • BakingBestie
    Jun 22, 2014

    Made it just like the recipe said, and I had a hard time getting everybody around to wait for it to cool before they dug in! Smelled and tasted really good. It's actually almost addicting; you can't just eat one piece! Needless to say, I may need to make another batch if I want any tomorrow.

  • twodogs16
    Dec 27, 2013

    This a fast and easy way to make a very good brittle. I can only say "Make sure you have everything ready to make this." cause it comes together fast.

  • Splasharoo
    Feb 16, 2013

    This recipe was true to the point. I wouldn't add anything! Quick easy and delicious!

  • bklebow
    Nov 20, 2012

    This is the best brittle recipe I have ever made