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Nut Brittle Recipe Packed with Mixed Nuts

Even a novice candy maker can create this nut brittle recipe as all you need is a well-watched candy thermometer. This treat, being a much-loved holiday tradition, is always welcomed when your guests arrive with it as a gift.

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Nut Brittle is one of the most wonderful creations using boiled sugar. I found a recipe on Food & Wine website titled the “Best-Ever Nut Brittle” and I have to admit that after making it I agree with the author’s title. The recipe is quite similar to most except it uses a little more butter. The brittle is a perfect crack and the extra butter seems to add some ‘creaminess’ to it.  I used an extra 2 ounces of nuts than the recipe calls for – the most important part about nut brittle is the nuts (the extra 2 ounces consisted of shelled pistachios for extra color).

Package the nut brittle in a cellophane bag tied with a pretty bow when giving as a gift. Sugar is crazy hydroscopic and and since this candy is made with a lot of sugar you want to keep humidity away from it.

Tips for Making the Nut Brittle

Whenever boiling sugar one should use caution as mishaps can lead to injury. I suggest watching my step-by-step video before embarking on this recipe:

  • Ingredients:
    • Measure your ingredients and prepare your work area before starting this recipe. It will take some time for the caramel to reach the ‘hard-crack stage (300°) but everything moves fast after this.
    • Use a mixture of salted, roasted nuts of your choice – almonds, pecans, pistachios, peanuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, etc…
  • Prepare Pan to Cool Brittle:
    • You have a few options for preparing a pan to pour the brittle onto for cooling:
      • Place a Silpat or other heat-proof mat on a 9″ x 13″ baking sheet.
      • Lightly butter a 9″ x 13″ baking sheet.
      • Place a piece of parchment paper on a 9″ x 13″ baking sheet.
  • Making the Brittle:
    • The caramel will be heated to 300° Fahrenheit – obviously if this caramel comes in contact with your skin it can cause severe burns. Please use the utmost caution while making this recipe. Some people prefer to work with oven mitts when making.
    • Combine granulated sugar, water, butter and corn syrup in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan.
    • Begin heating over medium-high heat stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to boil.
    • Take care to not get granules of sugar on the side of the pan. This may cause the caramel to crystalize. Should this occur, wipe the inside of the pan with a clean brush dipped in cold water to remove any sugar crystals.
    • Continue to cook until the caramel reaches 300°. This will take 8 – 12 minutes.
    • Remove from heat, add the baking soda and stir briefly. Use caution as the caramel may sputter.
    • Add the nuts and stir quickly to ensure all nuts are coated with the caramel.
    • Working quickly, pour the mixture onto a Silpat or other heat-resistant surface. Smooth the mixture with a spatula.
    • Cool the nut brittle completely (about 40 minutes) and break into pieces.
mixed nuts for nutty brittle

FAQs for the Nut Brittle:

How do I store nut brittle?

Place the nut brittle in an airtight container and store at room temperature. Keep the candy away from humidity. I do not recommend freezing the nut brittle as water crystals may form during defrosting.

How long will nut brittle last?

This nutty brittle will last 6 – 8 weeks if properly stored in an airtight container.

Can I make the brittle without nuts?

Yes. The hot sugar syrup will be very runny without the nuts. Pour the syrup onto a rimmed sheet pan to keep the syrup contained.

candy nut brittle

The Perfect Nut Brittle

A crisp, yet buttery, brittle that is loaded with a multitude of nuts!
5 from 28 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Cooling Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • 1 Cookie Sheet Pans
  • 1 Parchment Paper or SilPat (Silpat is preferred)
  • Candy Thermometer

Ingredients
  

  • 14 Ounces Granulated Sugar (2 cups)
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 4 Ounces Unsalted Butter (1 stick)
  • Cup Corn Syrup (Dark or Light)
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 12 Ounces Roasted Nuts of your choice

Instructions
 

  • Combine granulated sugar, water, butter and corn syrup in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan.
  • Begin heating over medium-high heat stirring occasionally until the mixture begins to boil.
  • Wipe the inside of the pan with a clean brush dipped in cold water to remove any sugar crystals.
  • Continue to cook until the caramel reaches 300°. This will take 8 – 12 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add the baking soda and stir briefly. Use caution as the caramel may sputter.
  • Add the nuts and stir quickly to ensure all nuts are coated with the caramel.
  • Working quickly, pour the mixture onto a Silpat or other heat-resistant surface. Smooth the mixture with a spatula.
  • Cool the nut brittle completely (about 40 minutes) and break pieces.
  • Enjoy!

Video

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22 Comments

  1. Amanda Brown

    Reply

    I’ve never made nut brittle before, only consumed it when others have. I might have to try it this holiday season as it’s a treat my husband and I both enjoy. I like the variety of nut options to use.

  2. Andy T

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    5 stars
    Yipeeee! First time I made a nut brittle – and won’t be the last. Awesome tips.

  3. Dog Ownership Guide

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    5 stars
    This was the first time I made nut brittle and it really turned out awesome. Thanks so much. This is a keeper.

  4. Beth

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    5 stars
    This looks so good! I think I’m going to try it with a mixed nut variety that I get at the store.

  5. Luna S

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    I love nut brittle! I need to make this with some of my favorites and share it with my kids.

  6. Stephanie

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    5 stars
    The presentation of the nut brittle is so cute! I like the pop of color with the pistachios. This is perfect for the holiday season.

  7. Andy T

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    5 stars
    I didn’t think I would be able to do this without burning the sugar – I followed the video and I now have nut brittle!

  8. Debbie

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    5 stars
    Nut Brittle is a favorite in my family. I think everyone loves eating this around the holidays at my house. This is a great recipe to try this year. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Cinny

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    Oh that looks beautiful; I’ll have to find it a try. My last attempt was horrible, ended up burnt and not very good…redemption’s needed.

  10. briannemanzb

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    5 stars
    This is perfect for a delicious twist on the holiday classic. I may have to attempt a few times to perfect your recipe though.

  11. Nyxie

    Reply

    Oooo I’ve honestly never heard of Nut Brittle before. Unless we call it something different here. It looks and sounds beautiful, though!

  12. Fransic verso

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    Well, this is something new. never heard of it before but it looks so good. I would love to try it. A good one for holiday as well!

  13. Sienna

    Reply

    ooo yum! This looks so delicous! Break me off a piece of that nut brittle! 😁

  14. Sienna

    Reply

    ooo yum! This looks so delicious! Break me off a piece of that nut brittle! 😁 ❤️

  15. pooja Malkani

    Reply

    5 stars
    I love this but brittle recipe. Would love to try it out at home for festive season.

  16. khoingn | The Broad Life

    Reply

    Wow, this brittle looks good. I’m sure my daughter will love it. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  17. Rose Ann Sales

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    Wow! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! My kids would love this for sure!

  18. Bedabrata Chakraborty

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    5 stars
    The world is so connected by food! I did not know not little is made in your part of the world too. In India we make it with jaggery instead of granulated sugar. You can try that sometime. Jaggery is widely available in any Indian grocery.

  19. Angela Ricardo Bethea

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    5 stars
    I don’t think I’ve ever made nut brittle before but that is looking quite delicious. Would love to try this recipe and I’m sure the kids would love it.

  20. Janey Russ

    Reply

    5 stars
    This was easier than i had thought. So buttery and crunchy. Will make again for holiday gift baskets.

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