Sea Salted Cashew Nut Brittle

When I was growing up my mom made these huge baskets filled with candies, fudge, jellies/jams, pickles, relish... and many more homemade goodies every year for Christmas gifts.

I looked forward to helping her with the candy every year. Some of my favorites were her peanut butter fudge, rocky road, chocolate covered cherries, and church windows.

I used to think Church Windows were the coolest by far... I had so much fun seeing what they would look like once she sliced into them. And what kid doesn't love colored mallows?

For those of you that don't know what they are here is a picture....

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When I became a teen I started making my own things. The 2 things I mastered in high school were peanut butter cookies... and peanut brittle.

I made peanut brittle for  years afterwards as Christmas gifts.

I have made it so many times I've memorized the recipe.  I think this might be one of the few recipes I know just like that.

So here is a twist on my peanut brittle recipe....

Sea Salted Cashew Brittle


2 cups sugar
1/2 cup of water
1 stick of butter
1/3 cup light corn syrup
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 cups cashews (or any other nut of choice)
course sea salt


In a medium sauce pan on high heat add your sugar, water, butter and cor syrup. Bring to a boil stirring occasionally.

When it starts to boil clip your candy thermometer to the side of your pan not letting it touch the bottom.

When it reaches 300 or the hard tack stage. Remove it from heat and quickly stir in the baking soda.

This is the fun part. It foams right up!

Then quickly mix in your nuts using a silicon spatula or a greesed spoon.

Smooth it out onto a non stick pan or a pachment paper lined cookie sheet.

Smooth out with your spatula, and sprinkle with your sea salt.

Let it cool until it hardens. I wait an hour.

Then crack it into pieces!

Easy peasy!

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  1. I love brittle! usually peanut, but I might have to try this one :) YUMMY!

  2. I've only had peanut brittle as well, but this sounds fantastic! :)

  3. Oh this looks fantastic love your recipe and cashews with a little sea salt, perfect!!

    Thanks for sharing at Newlyweds Recipe Linky!

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  5. Your brittle is beautiful! I love the idea of adding the sea salt. Such a pretty presentation, too. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  6. These used to be a staple in my Christmas cookie platters. Haven't made them in years. Thanks for posting a pic of them and bringing back memories.