Pecan Brittle

The pecans are toasted until crunchy and the finished brittle is light and easy to break.


Makes about 3/4 pound


1/2 cup corn syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup pecan halves
1 tablespoon butter or margarine, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda


  1. Butter large baking sheet; set aside.
  2. Combine corn syrup and sugar in 2-quart microwavable bowl. Stir in pecans. Microwave on HIGH 5 to 5-1/2 minutes until syrup is golden brown.
  3. Stir in butter and vanilla. Microwave on HIGH 1-1/2 minutes.
  4. Stir in baking soda (mixture will foam up) and immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet; do not scrape side of bowl. Stretch as thin as possible, using 2 forks.
  5. Cool, then break in pieces. Store tightly covered.


If kitchen is cold, warm baking sheet before pouring out brittle. It will spread more easily and will be thinner.

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