Cayenne and Cashew Brittle
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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A yummy easy-to- make brittle with a slow spicy burn.
  • 2 cups unsalted roasted cashews, whole or pieces (you can use salted, but I don't)
  • 10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) butter (if using salted cashews, use unsalted butter)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (optional)
  1. Butter a nonstick baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in a large nonstick skillet.
  3. Stir mixture over low heat until the butter melts and the sugars dissolve.
  4. Increase heat to medium and boil.
  5. Stir constantly until mixture turns golden brown, thickens and masses together, about 5 minutes (if you cook it longer it won't be as shiny; too little and it will be soft but still yummy).
  6. Immediately pour candy out onto the prepared baking sheet and quickly spread evenly using a spatula to help.
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Break into pieces.
  9. Makes about 1⅓ pounds
Recipe by Finch Frolic Garden Permaculture at