Cashew Brittle

You'll like this quick-and-easy recipe because it doesn't require a candy thermometer. It also makes a great gift.


3/4 pound (12 servings)


1 cup granulated (white) sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 to 1 1/2 cups salted cashew halves
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH for 3 minutes; stir. Heat 2 minutes longer. Stir in cashews and butter. Microwave on HIGH for 20 to 50 seconds or until mixture turns a light amber (mixture will be very hot).

Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla until light and foamy. Immediately pour onto a greased baking sheet and spread with a metal spatula. Chill for 20 minutes or until set; break into small pieces.

Estimated Time

Preparation/Total Time: 30 minutes


Store in an airtight container.

Nutritional Information

1 serving (1 ounce) equals 187 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 209 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.

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