Smoky Walnut Brittle

Smoky Walnut Brittle

The traditional peanut brittle gets an update by using walnuts that are toasted, plus an addition of smokehouse rub found at Winco® (1745 is the bin number). Instead of using traditional corn syrup, I swapped to Lyle's® golden syrup; I believe it gave a deeper, richer taste. I absolutely recommend using a nonstick saucepan and a silicone spatula, because this mixture is rather sticky
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  • Serves: 6 persons



  1. Step 1

    Pour walnuts into a skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  2. Step 2

    Line a rimmed half-sheet pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Step 3

    Combine sugar, water, and golden syrup in a nonstick saucepan over medium heat. Do not stir. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pan, and wait for the mixture to reach 275 degrees F (135 degrees C), about 5 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Once sugar mixture reaches 275 degrees F (135 degrees C), add toasted walnuts. Stir using a silicone spatula until mixture reaches 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), about 5 minutes more. Stir in butter, baking soda, smokehouse rub, and walnut extract.
  5. Step 5

    Remove saucepan from heat and carefully pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Allow to cool before breaking into smaller pieces, about 30 minutes.