A Christmas favorite, this crunchy candy of nuts and caramelized sugar is ready in 15 minutes when cooked in the microwave.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

15 mins
1/2 pound


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Grease a small baking sheet; set aside. In a microwave-safe 4-cup glass measure, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave mixture, uncovered, in a 900- to 1200-watt microwave oven on 100% power (high) for 5 minutes, stirring twice.

  • Stir in nuts and butter. Microwave mixture, uncovered, on 100% power (high) for 1 to 2 minutes more or just until mixture turns golden (mixture continues to cook and becomes more golden when removed from the microwave).

  • Stir in vanilla and baking soda. Immediately pour mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Use two forks to lift and pull candy into a thin sheet as it cools (this helps make the brittle crisp).

  • Cool brittle completely. Break into irregular pieces. Makes about 1/2 pound.


Layer pieces between waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; fat 3g; cholesterol 2mg; saturated fat 1g; carbohydrates 15g; protein 1g; sodium 72mg; calcium 10.1mg; iron 0.2mg.