Super simple and very delicious treat! A brittle that tastes just like the candied pecans from the mall. The recipe doesn't make a big batch but it is definitely worth it. Mexican vanilla is super yummy with this.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir brown sugar in hot butter until dissolved. Add cinnamon and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

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  • Stir vanilla into brown sugar mixture; cook and stir until vanilla stops sizzling, about 30 seconds. Add pecans; cook and stir until pecans are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Pour pecan mixture out in a layer on parchment paper. Let cool to room temperature before breaking into pieces, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

125 calories; protein 1.1g 2% DV; carbohydrates 7.3g 2% DV; fat 10.9g 17% DV; cholesterol 6.1mg 2% DV; sodium 18mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (7)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2015
This is SO easy and so delicious. I used Almonds and Walnuts but any combination of nuts (or pretzels or rice crispies or coconut) would work. I had researched and read that you should not stir your sugar when you make brittle but that IS NOT the case with this recipe. Because this recipe has butter but no water you can stir the sugar. In fact if you don't stir the sugar it might burn. I know this because I burnt my first batch - trying to be all fancy (actually it was still pretty good). However my second batch was fantastic. This would make a great gift. P.S. I used Wheylow Gold (a brown sugar substitute) so it was much lower in carbs. Read More

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/12/2016
I made it twice - once with butter and the second time with coconut oil - both failed as brittle. Both bases balled up as soon as the pecans were added. What I got was two batches of sweet toasted pecans. Oh well. Nice topping for salad ice cream. Read More
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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 2
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 3 stars
12/11/2016
I made it twice - once with butter and the second time with coconut oil - both failed as brittle. Both bases balled up as soon as the pecans were added. What I got was two batches of sweet toasted pecans. Oh well. Nice topping for salad ice cream. Read More
(2)
Rating: 1 stars
12/15/2015
All I got was sugary lumps mixed with nuts. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/02/2016
This isn't really a brittle it is really just candied pecans. There is not anywhere near enough of the sugar/butter mixture to make brittle with all those nuts. I would maybe try it with 1/2 as much pecans or twice as much of everything else. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2015
This is SO easy and so delicious. I used Almonds and Walnuts but any combination of nuts (or pretzels or rice crispies or coconut) would work. I had researched and read that you should not stir your sugar when you make brittle but that IS NOT the case with this recipe. Because this recipe has butter but no water you can stir the sugar. In fact if you don't stir the sugar it might burn. I know this because I burnt my first batch - trying to be all fancy (actually it was still pretty good). However my second batch was fantastic. This would make a great gift. P.S. I used Wheylow Gold (a brown sugar substitute) so it was much lower in carbs. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
12/08/2015
It's a pile of sugary goo. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2014
I made this with my son. All the kids n I loved it. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/23/2019
Tasty but not a "brittle". Its just candied nuts. Falls apart. Read More