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Spiced Rum-Nut Brittle

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
    about 1 pound


  • 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


  • Butter a 15x10x1-in. pan; set aside.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce: 263 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 267mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (43g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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  • horowiggle
    Sep 25, 2020

    I loved this recipe. Addictive and delicious. A large Pyrex bowl worked perfectly in the microwave and the part of the bowl that was empty above the hot ingredients did not get hot. One caveat: work quickly when you pour the hot liquid into the pan, as it sets quickly. Yes, the leftover goo sticks to the pan and utensils. But if you soak it in hot sudsy water for awhile, it comes off pretty easily when scraped with the metal spatula. It is dangerously yummy and I couldn’t stop eating. Gave some to my neighbors, who loved it an requested the recipe.

  • nhersch
    Dec 4, 2017

    Didn’t care for microwave method. Too hard to handle a hot bowl. Hard to spread

  • cmilot
    Dec 25, 2013

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

  • mdeneen
    Jun 7, 2013

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  • mamaknowsbest
    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!

  • mblewis
    Jul 29, 2012

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  • saribeth
    Nov 21, 2011

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  • nomoreburnt
    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
    Dec 24, 2010

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

  • lstraub
    Dec 24, 2010