Toffees and brittle Christmas candy are ideal for those who love the combination of crunchy nuts and sweet, rich caramel flavor. Offer these treats at holiday time for guests to enjoy with coffee or tea. Or give them out as gifts, broken into uniform pieces or uneven shards, wrapped in cellophane bags. You might also give lucky recipients a small hammer and let them do the cracking.
This is the classic peanut brittle recipe, with crunchy caramelized sugar surrounding rich, salty peanuts. You may also use cashews, almonds, pistachios, or a combination of nuts to make this brittle.
Peanut brittle is just the beginning! Use our basic brittle recipe as a jumping-off point to create delightful variations on the classic, including:
Sweet, caramelized brittle surrounds mixed nuts (choose from peanuts, cashews, hazelnuts, almonds, pecans, or pumpkin seeds) in this 9-by-13-inch block of brittle. Tied with a decorative bow and paired with a small hammer, this nut brittle makes a charming gift for a family.
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