Spicy Pecan Brittle

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 8/29/2009


Instead of pecans, this recipe can be prepared with an assortment of nuts including almonds, pumpkin seeds and/or pistachios. For a unique gift, place the brittle in airtight tins found in craft stores.

  • Servings: Yield 2 cups
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 30 Minutes
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Course: Dessert


1 c. sugar

1/2 c. light corn syrup

1/2 c. water

1/2 tsp. salt

2 Tbsp. butter

1 1/2 c. pecan pieces

pinch of cayenne pepper

1 tsp. baking soda


Combine the sugar, corn syrup, water, salt and butter in a 3.5-qt. sauce pan over medium heat.  Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat and cover for 1 minute. 

Remove lid and cook sugar mixture until it reaches 270°F/132°C on a candy thermometer. 

Stir in the nuts and the cayenne pepper and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 295°F/146°C on a candy thermometer. 

Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the baking soda (mixture will bubble vigorously). 

Quickly pour the mixture onto a nonstick baking sheet and spread out to 1/4-in. thick.  Allow the candy to cool and break into pieces. 

Store in airtight containers.