Through the years I have always made peanut brittle, but when my hubby could no longer have peanuts, I replaced them with cashews. This is one of my biggest requests at Christmas. It makes a nice thank-you gift as well and is a hit at bake sales.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
50 mins
Servings:
15
Yield:
15 servings
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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grease a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon butter.

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  • Combine cashews, sugar, and corn syrup in a large microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl. Microwave on high until sugar melts and mixture is hot, about 6 1/2 minutes.

  • Stir 1 tablespoon butter and vanilla extract into cashew mixture. Microwave until hot, about 2 1/2 minutes more. Stir baking soda into cashew mixture until light and foamy. Spread mixture on prepared baking sheet. Cool completely and break into pieces.

Cook's Note:

To make it easier to spread, keep your buttered cookie sheet in a warm oven (heat the oven and turn it off). Also, use a buttered silicone spatula for spreading. You do not have to cover the whole cookie sheet. Tilt the sheet and it will also start to spread.

Nutrition Facts

176 calories; protein 2.1g 4% DV; carbohydrates 26.2g 9% DV; fat 7.9g 12% DV; cholesterol 4.1mg 1% DV; sodium 189.3mg 8% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2014
Made for the Buzz Recipe Group Selection. In 1979, I bought my first microwave and I have been making different types of brittle since that time. I followed the ingredients exactly but not the directions. I have found I have better results if I do not add the roasted nuts at the beginning but cook the sugar and corn syrup mixture for about 2 minutes, pause and stir, cook for 2 minutes and then add the nuts and cook about 2 1/2 minutes more. I then add the butter and vanilla extract and cook 2½ minutes. Pour into the prepared pan. When the brittle gets cool enough to touch, I lightly sprinkle chopped nuts over the top and gently press them into the brittle, score the brittle with a sharp knife and allow to cool completely. When cooled, I cut into pieces and store in containers. Makes a beautiful, golden brittle which is well received and enjoyed. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
02/02/2020
Burned to a crisp in my microwave after 5:45. My microwave is only 1000 watts. Bummed to lose all those cashews! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/10/2014
Made for the Buzz Recipe Group Selection. In 1979, I bought my first microwave and I have been making different types of brittle since that time. I followed the ingredients exactly but not the directions. I have found I have better results if I do not add the roasted nuts at the beginning but cook the sugar and corn syrup mixture for about 2 minutes, pause and stir, cook for 2 minutes and then add the nuts and cook about 2 1/2 minutes more. I then add the butter and vanilla extract and cook 2½ minutes. Pour into the prepared pan. When the brittle gets cool enough to touch, I lightly sprinkle chopped nuts over the top and gently press them into the brittle, score the brittle with a sharp knife and allow to cool completely. When cooled, I cut into pieces and store in containers. Makes a beautiful, golden brittle which is well received and enjoyed. Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
12/05/2014
Made this for Recipe Group...SHORECOOK this is FANTASTIC and sooo easy! I followed the recipe exactly and the results were perfect! I was telling hubby how great it is and now he can't wait to get home to have some lol. I am def putting this on my Christmas candy list and I'm gonna have A LOT of happy friends and family because of it! Thanks for another winner YUM YUM YUM!!!!!!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2014
I made this a few times for Christmas baskets when it was a personal recipe. On my first try I thought it was a goner trying to spread it on the pan. Maybe I just didn't realize how fast you have to move. Regardless, I used foil and a hot pad and pushed it around which worked well. It tasted great and had just the right crunch without being sticky or too hard. On another attempt, I tried to double it which I do not recommend. I ended up with more of a taffy that stuck to everything and would not set I could not repurpose it since it became one with the foil. Likely my own fault but I wanted to offer my experience and the advice to not double it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2020
Perfect and easy! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2014
Made for Recipe Group. OMG!! So ridiculously easy to make and addictive to eat! Hubby was sniching it out of the pan while I had my back turned taking a photo. Thanks Shorecook! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/30/2014
Wonderful and indulgent recipe. The softness of the cashews are a nice contrast to the crunchy brittle and the saltiness balances the sweetness ideally. I used a combination of whole and coarsely chopped cashews and a generous 1.5 cup measure so there were lots of cashews in every bite. Very nice for holiday gift giving and a nice change from using peanuts. Using the microwave was really easy too. Just make sure you use a bowl big enough to accommodate "bubbling" when cooking and one with a handle (if you can) because the bowl does get hot and having a handle makes it easier to hold. (recipe made for RECIPE GROUP ) Thanks SHORECOOK for sharing this wonderful recipe!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/21/2014
This is a winner the only change i did was replace the butter with Earth Balance Spread(lactose) Thank you SHORECOOK this is going to make great Christmas treats!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2015
This was super simple and came out perfectly! I followed another reviewer's advice and stirred at 2 and 4 minutes adding the cashews at the 4 minute mark. It is definitely best to chop the cashews for even distribution. A 1.5 qt. pyrex bowl was the perfect size. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2015
I made it with the exact ingredients but I did it on the Stove in a Stainless Steel Pot. I had more control using the pot than using the microwave I could cook it until it gets to the exact color I wanted. I also waited until the end to put in the cashews then I put in the baking soda. Fairly easy recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/02/2020
Burned to a crisp in my microwave after 5:45. My microwave is only 1000 watts. Bummed to lose all those cashews! Read More