PREP: 10 min. COOK: 10 min. + chilling MAKES: ³₄ lb. (12 servings)
I like this quick candy because it doesn’t require a thermometer. It also makes a great gift for nut lovers on your list.
2 tsp. butter, divided
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 to 11/2 cups salted cashew halves
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Grease a baking sheet with 1 tsp. butter.
2. In a microwave-safe bowl, mix sugar and corn syrup; microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes. Stir to dissolve sugar; microwave 2 minutes longer. Stir in cashews and remaining butter; microwave on high for 40 seconds. Stir; continue microwaving in 20-second intervals until mixture turns a light amber color, about 1-2 minutes. (Mixture will be very hot.) Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla until light and foamy.
3. Immediately pour onto prepared pan, spreading with a metal spatula; cool slightly. Refrigerate until set, 15-20 minutes.
4. Break brittle into pieces. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.
PER SERVING 184 cal., 6g fat (2g sat. fat), 2mg chol., 170mg sod., 32g carb. (29g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g pro.