Pecan Brittle is a delicious, sweet and buttery homemade candy that is loaded with pecans and a hint of cinnamon.
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Do you have any recipes that bring on a wave of nostalgia when you make or eat them?
I spent a lot of hours in the kitchen with my Nana when I was a child and often find myself reminiscing on those times when I am in my kitchen now.
It’s one of the reasons I try to get Elle involved in baking with me as often as I can. I hope that she grows up to have fond memories of helping me stir together cookie dough, frost cakes, or crush graham crackers for cheesecake crusts.
Even though she can’t help me make this Pecan Brittle just yet, I hope she’ll look back and remember sharing bites of homemade candy during the holidays and carry on the tradition with her own family someday.
PECAN BRITTLE: A TWIST ON PEANUT BRITTLE
Although I don’t make or indulge in peanut brittle very often, there’s something incredibly nostalgic about the sweet, buttery confection that takes me back to holiday baking with with my grandma.
She would always have tins of peanut brittle and ribbon candy to snack on while we baked cookies, pies, pumpkin crunch cake and pumpkin rolls.
Definitely the recipe for a pretty intense sugar coma, but as a kid, I loved every single second of it.
When I was pregnant with Elle, many of my 3rd trimester cravings were for my childhood sweets. From rainbow sherbet floats and salt water taffy to – you guessed it – peanut brittle.
After ransacking our baking cabinet for peanuts to make my own brittle, I came up empty handed, but you know you can’t deter a pregnant woman so easily.
I honed in on a bag of Fisher® Pecans and all was well in my world. I ended up with a perfect batch of sweet, buttery brittle loaded with pecans and a hint of cinnamon that I still love making to this day.
I love the woodsy notes that the Fisher® Pecans give this homemade brittle. Plus, I know they’re always fresh, even without any added preservatives, so they’re always ready any time a candy craving hits.
If you wanted, you could even add some cayenne for pecan brittle with a kick – Mexican Pecan Brittle, if you will.
No matter which way you make it, just make it and relive your childhood with me!
HOW TO MAKE PECAN BRITTLE
Making your own homemade brittle isn’t hard, but there are a few steps to the recipe:
- Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat
- Heat the sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water
- Add the chopped Fisher® Pecan Halves
- Continue cooking to 300°F
- Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and baking soda
- Spread onto the prepared baking sheet
- Cool, break and eat!
Since there are several steps involved, I recommend measuring out all of your ingredients before you get started.
Once candy making gets going it moves pretty quickly, so you won’t have time to measure out ingredients as you need them.
Having the ingredients measured and ready means that you’ll be able to add them all on cue for the perfect Pecan Brittle!
DO YOU REALLY NEED A CANDY THERMOMETER TO MAKE BRITTLE?
Short answer: Yes.
Long answer: There are a number of nut brittle recipes out there that don’t use a thermometer and instead give cooking times or color cues.
The problem is that making candy is a pretty exact science and cooking times or color cues leave a lot of room for error. Being a few degrees off can make the difference between a brittle that shatters perfect and one that is a little soft.
You don’t need a fancy candy thermometer. A simple one will do the trick, but I promise it will make the candy-making process so much easier and more successful.
After all, when Pecan Brittle cravings are on the line, you want to be successful the first time around.
Thursday 25th of March 2021
This was ridiculously easy and insanely delicious. It's on pace to not last 24 hours in my home
Tuesday 30th of March 2021
Yay! So glad to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie
Saturday 27th of February 2021
Would substituting brown sugar for the white affect the consistency of this candy? I'd like to add the molasses taste of the brown sugar and make a crunchier version of pralines using your recipe.
Wednesday 3rd of March 2021
Hi Bert- Although I have not tried this substitution, I have a feeling it would change the consistency. Let me know your results if you give it a go. -Jamie
Monday 21st of December 2020
How long can you store the brittle for?
Tuesday 22nd of December 2020
It should be fine for a few days!
Sunday 20th of December 2020
Wow! This was a huge hit with my family. Made one batch just to see, then made two double batches after that. Thank you for an easy and delicious recipe. This will become a new Christmas favorite.
Tuesday 22nd of December 2020
So happy to hear the brittle was a hit! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback!
Friday 20th of December 2019
This is fantastic!! I have used this recipe as written to rave reviews and constant requests! I have also made several times with up to double the cinnamon and a variety of nuts with excellent results. Thank you for my family's new favorite treat!