- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 cup roasted cashews, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
Prepare Baking Sheet:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
Set it aside for later.
In a dry skillet over medium heat, toast the cashews until they are golden brown and fragrant.
Stir frequently to prevent burning. Once toasted, set aside.
Prepare Baking Soda Mixture:
In a small bowl, mix the baking soda and vanilla extract. Set aside.
Make Maple Syrup Mixture:
In a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, combine granulated sugar, maple syrup, and butter.
Stir continuously until the sugar dissolves and the mixture comes to a boil.
Cook to Hard Crack Stage:
Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan.
Continue to cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until it reaches the hard crack stage, approximately 300°F (150°C).
This will take about 10-15 minutes.
Add Cashews and Salt:
Once the mixture reaches the hard crack stage, remove the saucepan from heat.
Quickly stir in the toasted cashews, salt, and the baking soda mixture.
The mixture will bubble, so be cautious.
Spread on Baking Sheet:
Pour the hot mixture onto the prepared baking sheet.
Use a spatula to spread it into an even layer.
Work quickly as the brittle will harden fast.
Cool and Break Into Pieces:
Allow the maple cashew brittle to cool completely at room temperature.
Once cooled and hardened, break it into bite-sized pieces using your hands or the back of a knife.
Store the brittle in an airtight container at room temperature.
If you’re making it ahead of time, separate layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking.
Enjoy your Maple Cashew Brittle as a sweet treat or a delightful homemade gift.
The combination of rich maple flavor and the crunch of cashews makes it a delightful snack.
This Maple Cashew Brittle recipe offers a delightful twist on traditional peanut brittle, combining the rich flavor of pure maple syrup with the buttery goodness of cashews. It’s a perfect treat for sharing during holidays or enjoying as a sweet indulgence anytime.