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Cashew Brittle

I like this quick and easy recipe because it doesn't require a candy thermometer. It also makes a wonderful gift for nut lovers on your list. —Rhonda Glenn, Prince Frederick, Maryland
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min + chilling
  • Makes
    3/4 pound

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups salted cashew halves
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Grease a baking sheet with 1 teaspoon butter.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, mix sugar and corn syrup; microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar; microwave 2 minutes longer. Stir in cashews and remaining butter; microwave on high for 40 seconds. Stir; continue microwaving in 20-second intervals until mixture turns a light amber color, about 1-2 minutes. (Mixture will be very hot.) Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla until light and foamy.
  • Immediately pour onto prepared pan, spreading with a metal spatula; cool slightly. Refrigerate until set, 15-20 minutes.
  • Break brittle into pieces. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 ounce: 184 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 170mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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