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Coconut Cashew Brittle

This rich buttery brittle has always been part of our Christmas candy collection. Lots of coconut and cashews ensures it's extra scrumptious. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    about 3 pounds


  • 2 tablespons plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 2 cups cashew halves
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon water, divided
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda


  • Butter two 15x10x1-in. pans with 1 tablespoon butter each; set aside.
  • Combine cashews and coconut on a third 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1/2 cup water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Add remaining butter; cook and stir until butter is melted. Continue cooking, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-crack stage).
  • Meanwhile, combine the vanilla, baking soda and remaining water. Remove saucepan from the heat; add cashews and coconut. Add baking soda mixture; stir until light and foamy. Quickly pour onto prepared baking sheets. Spread with a buttered metal spatula to 1/4-in. thickness. Cool before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
2 ounce-weight: 290 calories, 17g fat (8g saturated fat), 20mg cholesterol, 277mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (27g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • FarmerGig
    Nov 28, 2014

    After seeing a couple of the reviews below, plus the fact that i'd broken my candy thermometer, I was leary of trying this one, but couldnt resist. So i followed a rule from another recipe and cooked it until it turned "walnut colored", which is to say, it just started turning brown. You'll know it when you see it. It turned out perfect. What a great, and different, brittle for brittle lovers.

  • krazykatz
    Nov 23, 2012

    No comment left

  • tripletsgma
    Oct 14, 2012

    The taste was wonderful, but it stayed chewy--never hardened. Clung to your teeth unmercifully when trying to eat it. Won't make again.

  • lauraanderic
    Dec 24, 2011

    I made this as a Christmas gift for my Dad, and it was absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing!

  • kmf81
    Dec 18, 2011

    I don't even want to give this recipe any stars, but that wasn't an option. I had a horrible time with this recipe - it never hardens, just stays soft and chewy. Tried it twice thinking it was a problem with the temperature, but got the same result both times. Next time I'm just going to mix coconut and cashews with a regular brittle recipe. Stay away!

  • spiker1
    Dec 5, 2011

    very tasty!

  • tkarinas
    Dec 21, 2009

    My family loves peanut brittle, and this one is made with cashews. It's delicious and one we will be making many more times.