Smoky Walnut Brittle

The traditional peanut brittle gets an update by using walnuts that are toasted, plus an addition of smokehouse rub found at Winco® (1745 is the bin number). Instead of using traditional corn syrup, I swapped to Lyle's® golden syrup; I believe it gave a deeper, richer taste. I absolutely recommend using a nonstick saucepan and a silicone spatula, because this mixture is rather sticky

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
6 servings


  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • cooking spray

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ½ cup water

  • ½ cup golden syrup (such as Lyle's®)

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon smokehouse rub (such as Winco®)

  • ½ teaspoon walnut extract


  1. Pour walnuts into a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  2. Line a rimmed half-sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.

  3. Combine sugar, water, and golden syrup in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Do not stir. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan, and wait for the mixture to reach 275 degrees F (135 degrees C), about 5 minutes.

  4. Once sugar mixture reaches 275 degrees F (135 degrees C), add toasted walnuts. Stir using a silicone spatula until mixture reaches 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), about 5 minutes more. Stir in butter, baking soda, smokehouse rub, and walnut extract.

  5. Remove saucepan from heat and carefully pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Allow to cool before breaking into smaller pieces, about 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
15g Fat
57g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 2g 12%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 394mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 57g 21%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 41g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 27mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 91mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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