Microwave Cashew Brittle

cashew-brittle5The Christmas holidays are upon us. That means I make a whole lot of candy because most people can not get homemade candy this good unless they have the time to make it themselves.

The family has its favorites. My husband’s use to be peanut brittle but since I have been making it with cashews instead … it has taken the place of the lowly peanut :)

I make about 5 batches each of toffee, brittle and the old see’s fudge recipe that floated around kitchens in the early 70’s. My personal favorite that makes about 5 lbs in each batch.

For this recipe you can substitute peanuts for cashews if you like but the cashews are unusually good.

I make this in the microwave and it is so easy.

The recipe originally came from my husbands aunt Virginia after the advent of the counter-top microwave oven (at least 35 years ago) and once I started to make it as well as her microwave toffee I no longer make them any other way.

I caution you DO HAVE everything measured and ready to go because the process takes about 5 minutes from start of cook time to pouring it onto the baking sheet.

I found from experience scrambling between microwave dings is hectic if you do not do this simple prep.

I put the butter and vanilla in a little dish together. The nuts in a measuring cup and the soda in a tiny bowl. All ready to dump and stir when the timer goes off.

Make sure you have a silicone long handle scraper and hot pads or my favorite (kevlar gloves). I use these kevlar gloves from amazon they cost about $10 and I use them for many things like slicing things on my mandolin. They protect you from heat as well as cuts. I like them far better than hot pads or mitts because they have fingers.

I use a 2 quart pyrex bowl. Do not be tempted to double the recipe. Small batches are more manageable for this very hot mixture in a glass container.

Microwave Cashew Brittle
Yields 1
Quick and easy microwave cashew brittle.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
1 hr 15 min
2652 calories
399 g
61 g
119 g
32 g
33 g
613 g
2685 g
256 g
1 g
79 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2652
Calories from Fat 1000
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 119g
Saturated Fat 33g
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 17g
Monounsaturated Fat 62g
Cholesterol 61mg
Sodium 2685mg
Total Carbohydrates 399g
Dietary Fiber 6g
Sugars 256g
Protein 32g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. ½ cup white Karo syrup
  3. 1 ½ cup whole salted cashews
  4. 2 Tbsp butter
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla
  6. 1 tsp. baking soda
  1. 1. Grease a cookie sheet. In a 2 qt. Pyrex bowl mix up the sugar and Karo. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. (Image 1)
  2. 2. Add the cashews … stir quickly and microwave another 2 minutes. (Image 2)
  3. 3. Add vanilla and butter … stir and microwave another 1 minute. Remove from microwave and stir in the soda. It will bubble and fizz. Stir to combine through whole batch. It will turn a light caramel color.
  4. 4. Pour onto cookie sheet and spread out to a thin layer only one nut high. Cool for an hour before you break up and store in an air tight container. (Image 3) & (Image 4)
  1. Makes about 1 pound and 3 ounces.
  2. This recipe is very quick.
  3. Measure all ingredients and have them ready for the next step along with having all tools you need handy.
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