"Nutcracker" Mixed-Nut Brittle in the Microwave

"Nutcracker" Mixed-Nut Brittle in the Microwave

What are the holidays without "The Nutcracker"? Inspired by all the mixed nuts that make their way into the house at this time of year, and by the many versions of "The Nutcracker" on TV and in live productions everywhere, enjoy this quick mixed nut brittle-type candy made in your microwave in minutes! Measure out all ingredients beforehand, because this recipe comes together very quickly.
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  • Serves: 12 persons



  1. Step 1

    Butter a 10x15-inch baking sheet or line with parchment paper.
  2. Step 2

    Spray a heatproof spoon with cooking spray. Stir sugar and corn syrup together in a 2-quart microwave-safe bowl using the greased spoon. Microwave on high until very bubbly, 2 1/2 to 4 minutes.
  3. Step 3

    Quickly stir in nuts and butter. Continue microwaving until bubbles begin to take on a light caramel color, another 2 1/2 to 4 minutes. Watch carefully to make sure the nuts don't burn. Add vanilla extract and baking soda, stirring quickly until bubbly and combined.
  4. Step 4

    Immediately pour mixture onto the prepared sheet pan in a thin layer. Sprinkle with sea salt. Allow to cool and set before breaking into pieces, 30 to 40 minutes.