Basic Brittle

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Makes 1 sheet (about 9 by 11 inches)

Brittle can be a showcase for a variety of ingredients, giving each homemade batch its owntexture and flavor. For recipes and inspiration, try one of our variations: Lemon and Almond Brittle, Pine Nut and Rosemary Brittle, Cashew and Cayenne Brittle, Pepita and Lavender Brittle, Coconut and Spice Brittle, Espresso and Walnut Brittle.


  • Vegetable oil cooking spray

  • 1 ½ cups sugar

  • ½ cup light corn syrup

  • Mix-ins, according to variation


  1. Coat a 12-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet withcooking spray. Bring sugar and corn syrup to a boil in a medium saucepan, stirring and brushing down sides with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming, until sugar dissolves. Cook,swirling occasionally, until mixture just starts to turn golden around edge.

  2. Stir in mix-ins. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture is pale amber, about 8 minutes. Pour onto baking sheet without spreading. Let cool. Break into pieces.

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