Cashew Coconut Brittle

Cashew Coconut Brittle: Really delicious brittle recipe, perfect gift idea, can also substitute any other nut.

I thought it would be fun to make a few different kinds of candy this year for gift giving.  I always make an amazing butternut crunch toffee every year…so perhaps I was a little over confident.  A few weeks ago I tried to make homemade sponge toffee…it was quite the adventure.  Perseverance paid off and it turned out great…eventually.

So this week’s Cashew Coconut Brittle was approached with much more caution.  I’m happy to report it came out great on the first attempt.  In fact we can’t seem to stop eating it.  So I can highly recommend this one.  I made it several years ago with peanuts, I remember it being good, but one of those recipes where you think to yourself the store bought version is just as good, but less effort.  But this combo, of coconut and cashews is AMAZING, worth the effort, and should secure the praise and admiration of your friends and family.  (Oversell?  Well, let’s just say it’s really good then.)

Cashew Coconut Brittle: Really delicious brittle recipe, perfect gift idea, can also substitute any other nut.

Cashew Coconut Brittle

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/4 cup cashews
  • 1 1/4 coconut
  • (or replace the cashews and coconut for 2 1/2 cups total of another nut or combination of nuts)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • cooking oil spray

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9 x 13 baking tray with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar, corn syrup, water and salt.
  3. Bring to a boil over a med.-high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Cook, swirling occasionally, until the mixtures reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer, brushing the sides of the pan down with a pastry brushed dipped in water, occasionally to prevent re-crystralization.
  5. When the temperature reaches 238 degrees, mix in the coconut and cashews, and stir frequently to prevent the nuts from burning, cooking until the mixture turns to a golden amber colour.
  6. Add the vanilla and baking soda to the mixture and stir to combine, it may foam up slightly.
  7. Quickly spread onto the baking sheet, using a spatula sprayed with cooking oil to smooth it.
  8. Allow to cool completely, then break into pieces. Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to a month.
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Cashew Coconut Brittle: Really delicious brittle recipe, perfect gift idea, can also substitute any other nut.

I packaged some up for gift giving in a sweet little tin.

Cashew Coconut Brittle: Really delicious brittle recipe, perfect gift idea, can also substitute any other nut.

With the success of this batch I’m tempted to try some other nuts, feel free to play around or even go with the classic peanuts.  It’s as simple as swapping out the 2 1/2 cups total (I did 1 1/4 cashews and 1 1/4 coconut here) with any nut of your choice.

Cashew Coconut Brittle: Really delicious brittle recipe, perfect gift idea, can also substitute any other nut.

With homemade Cashew Coconut Brittle, life really is a party!

Now it’s time for some more DIY Christmas gift ideas from my Canadian blogging friends. Get ready for some wonderful handmade gift inspiration for your holidays!16 DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

From the top, they are:

DIY Maple Candle (A Roots Knockoff) from Vin’yet Etc.

Homemade Candied Citrus Peel from Personally Andrea

Hand Lettered Ornaments from Lemon Thistle

Christmas Breakfast Gift Basket from Craftberry Bush

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar from Sustain My Craft Habit

Cashew Coconut Brittle from Life Is A Party

DIY Serving Tray for the Coffee Lover from DIY Passion

DIY Cookie Cutters from PMQ For Two

Christmas Cupcake in a Jar from The DIY Mommy

DIY Growler Carrier With Dry Erase Label from Hello Creative Family

DIY Wood Slice Ornaments from The Sweetest Digs

Galvanized Letter Tree from New House New Home

DIY Animal Bookends from Lifeovereasy

Industrial Watch Holder from Love Create Celebrate

DIY Gifts for the New Mom from Fresh Crush

Homemade Barbecue Spice Meat Rub Gift from Time With Thea

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Comments

  1. Two of our favourite ingredients -I know what I’m making this year

  2. Yummy! My mouth is watering already! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. It’s easier than I guessed – I’ve never tried a brittle before.

  3. Heather, oh that’s exciting, I’m sure it will turn out great. Enjoy.

  4. This sounds amazing. I love giving homemade foodie gifts at Christmas! (Did I mention on your last post…I really need a candy thermometer!!!)

  5. I hope Santa puts one in your stocking Andrea, if you don’t get one sooner, lol.
    Dannyelle

  6. Yum! Cashews are one of my favourite nuts so I’m loving this twist on the traditional brittle! Oh and your pics are seriously stunning!

  7. Thanks Sonja!

  8. The amount of water is not listed in the ingredients. Thanks.

  9. Thanks Rachel, sorry I forgot it, all fixed up now.
    Dannyelle

  10. This looks SO yummy Dannyelle! One day I’ll be a baker… I love the result so much but just don’t have the patience!

  11. The thing I love about learning to bake is, if it doesn’t turn out perfectly the first time, you just eat the evidence and try again. 😉
    Dannyelle

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