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Cashew Brittle Recipe

TRY THIS RECIPE!!!  This cashew brittle recipe was given to me 8 years ago by a friend of mine.  I believe she found it in Southern Living magazine, but not positive.  (There are several sites with this recipe, but the cook time and the way they add the ingredients are slightly different.)  

This is a fast and easy recipe perfect for holidays, teacher gifts or parties.  Or, if you are like me, make it “just because”! 

Cashew Brittle Recipe


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 to 1-1/2 cups salted cashew halves (Laurie’s Note:  A 8 – 9 oz. can of cashews is the perfect amount)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • In a 2 qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine the cashews, sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes; stir. Heat 2 minutes longer.  Stir in butter and vanilla.  Microwave on high for 1 1/2 minutes or until mixture turns a light amber (mixture will be very hot).
  • Using oven mitts, remove mixture from microwave. Quickly stir in baking soda until light and foamy and baking soda is thoroughly mixed. Immediately pour onto a greased baking sheet and spread with a metal spoon or spatula. Let stand for 20-30 minutes or until set; break into small pieces. Store in an airtight container.

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