Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke
24 servings (serving size: about 1 ounce)

Laden with walnuts, this brittle recipe is wonderful served crushed over low-fat vanilla ice cream. While cooking the sugar mixture, place the prepared jelly-roll pan in a 200° oven for about 10 minutes. This will help the mixture stay warm and pliable so you can spread it quickly and easily.

How to Make It

Step 1

Line a jelly-roll pan with parchment paper, and coat paper lightly with cooking spray.

Step 2

Combine sugar, light-colored corn syrup, 1/2 cup water, and butter in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook 20 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 275°. Stir in walnuts; cook 2 minutes or until candy thermometer registers 295°, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla (mixture will bubble). Quickly pour mixture onto prepared pan; spread to 1/4-inch thickness using a wooden spoon coated with cooking spray. Cool completely; using a wooden spoon, break brittle into bite-sized pieces.

Ratings & Reviews

It's about heat, not time

November 08, 2015
I've made this a couple of times now and have been successful.  Keep in mind the times are general.  You need to watch your thermometer to make this come out correctly.  It took me more like 25 minutes to get to 275.  After adding the walnuts, the temp dropped then shot up very quickly.  Another 5 minutes.  The flavor is not terribly far off from the traditional peanut brittle recipe I have but made with less fat and calories.  You could easily switch up the nuts here.  Use raw nuts as the candy actually roasts them as you make the brittle.  This really isn't all that hard.  You just need to trust the thermometer and keep a close eye on it.

ZelgaMae's Review

May 16, 2013

pattibridges's Review

December 21, 2012

Tmbergirl's Review

November 27, 2012

PatriciaCushen1's Review

December 25, 2010
Was so easy to make and everyone really liked it, always have the ingredients on nothing special needed GREAT recipe will make it again with different nuts can use your imagination for this

Ashley1432's Review

October 08, 2010
I followed the directions step by step and mine never got solid. I placed it in the fridge overnight and it's still gooey.