Cashew-Brittle Hearts

These sweet decorative hearts make an appealing garnish atop almost any dessert, including our Milk-Chocolate-Mousse Cake with Cashew Brittle.

  • Yield: Makes about 2 dozen 1-inch hearts or 1 dozen 2-inch hearts

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2008


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspooon salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup roasted, salted chopped cashews (about 8 ounces)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Make the brittle: Bring sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt to a boil, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush, and cook until pale amber, about 12 minutes total. Stir in butter. Remove from heat, and stir in cashews. Pour onto a parchment-lined baking sheet to cool.

  3. In a food processor, finely grind the brittle. Place brittle in heaping teaspoons on a nonstick baking mat, and flatten each into a thin round. Bake until melted, about 5 minutes. Press a 1- to 2-inch heart-shape cutter into center of each round while brittle is still hot. With cutter still in place, pull away sides of melted brittle. Remove cutter. Let cool slightly, until bendable. Lift heart from baking mat with a spatula, and bend slightly at center of heart. Let cool completely.


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