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A tin of cashew brittle.

Cashew Brittle

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Pound 1x
  • Category: Candy


Thin crunchy and buttery Cashew Brittle is delicious and easy to make.  Make several batches and give as gifts.  It stays fresh for days.


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped roasted & salted cashews (I used Simple Truth)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda


  1. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Add the sugar, water, corn syrup and salt to a large saucepan.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.  Continue cooking over medium heat until mixture reaches 250 degrees (a hard ball) on a candy thermometer.  Add the cashews and continue cooking until mixture reaches 290 degrees (a hard crack) on a candy thermometer.   Remove from heat.  Note:  If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can check the candy in cold water.  Click here to see how to test candy in cold water.
  3. Add the butter, vanilla and baking soda and beat until frothy.
  4. Pour onto the prepared baking sheet and spread thin with a spatula.  Allow candy to set for 1 to 2 hours until set, or place in a freezer for 15 minutes.
  5. Break the brittle into small pieces and store in an airtight container.

Candy will stay fresh for up to 2 weeks.


  • This candy freezes well.

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