Hey guys, so today I’m going to share an outrageously delicious Spicy Cashew Brittle recipe. I made this for Daniel for Valentine’s Day, and he said it was the best brittle he’s ever had! Not only is it delicious, but it’s also ridiculously easy to make!
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup cashews, chopped
- 1 tsp butter
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
The original recipe called for a 1/2 tsp of rum extract and a 1/2 tsp of vanilla. I couldn’t find rum extract anywhere, so I just upped the vanilla. I also upped the cayenne because Daniel loves spicy food, but the brittle is still easy to eat for someone that can’t handle a lot of spicy (aka, me). And my last deviation was using all cashews (original used 1/2 cup of pecans), because they are Daniel’s favorite!
Here’s what you do:
- Butter a cookie sheet and set aside. I also highly suggest setting up all your ingredients, as each step happens pretty fast and you’ll need to move quickly.
- Lightly grease a 2-qt. microwave safe bowl, and combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave uncovered for 3 minutes, then stir. Microwave an additional 2 1/2 minutes. Stir in cashews, butter, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and nutmeg.
- Microwave uncovered for 2 minutes, or until mixtures turns a light amber color (caution: this will be extremely hot, so please be careful!). Quickly stir in baking soda and extract until light and foamy. Immediately pour mixture onto prepared pan, and evenly spread with a greased metal spatula. Cool completely.
- Once cooled, break into pieces and enjoy! Store in an airtight container.
I’ve never been a huge fan of brittle, but I seriously can’t get enough of this one! I thought it worked particularly well as a Valentine’s Day gift, because of the spice and heat. It would also make a great Christmas treat as well – the cinnamon and nutmeg definitely give this brittle a holiday flavor!