Photo: Romulo Yanes; Styling: Paige Hicks
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Serves 13

Substitute pecans, walnuts, peanuts, or pine nuts for almonds, if you prefer.

How to Make It

Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper. Combine sugar and syrup in a 2-quart glass bowl. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes (sugar mixture will be clear and bubbly). Stir in almonds. Microwave at HIGH 3 minutes or until mixture is a light caramel color, stirring every minute. Stir in butter, vanilla, and salt. Microwave at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until mixture is the color of peanut butter. Add baking soda, and stir until texture is foamy. Quickly pour mixture onto prepared pan. Spread to 1/4-inch thickness. Let stand 30 minutes. Break brittle into pieces, and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

Ratings & Reviews

Renee5732's Review

December 19, 2014
Delicious and super easy! I've never made brittle before and I'd like to warn others about how dangerous it is- I have a scar on my hand from where a bit of the liquid landed, and I accidentally melted a plastic tablespoon measure while putting cold water on it and a silicone mini spatula. Tasted great with dry-roasted lightly salted peanuts.

Cyclecat's Review

June 23, 2013

tpetricini's Review

June 20, 2013
Easy to make! Definitely don't toast the almonds before--the toasting takes place while cooking. Tasted great, mine were not too sticky. It was so easy, and all of my guests were impressed it was homemade!

phoebe1214's Review

May 25, 2013
Fantastic. I very lightly toasted half slivered almonds and half chopped cashews and they tasted very slightly over-toasted. Next time I won't toast them at all. Just out of this world good. Highly addictive. Not sure I should make this again because it's hard to stop eating it. I don't give many recipes 5 stars, but this deserves it! Oh, and my advice is to be sure to use a bowl with a handle and one that won't get too hot!

verobeacher's Review

May 16, 2013
This recipe couldn't be easier! I used almonds and it came out very tasty - the brittle is a bit sticky - just an FYI.

melanieted's Review

April 14, 2013