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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Easy Microwave Pecan Brittle

Make crunchy sweet pecan brittle in just a few minutes. There's no special equipment required, just a big glass bowl and a microwave!

golden pecan brittle on plate with squares of fudge

     A good brittle is the perfect mix of crunchy caramelized goodness. The peanut version is classic, but using pecans makes it even more special. This microwave recipe is super quick and simple to make and will be a perfect addition to your holiday treat trays.

    Peanut brittle is a classic holiday candy in our family. My mom got a recipe for microwave peanut brittle with her first microwave when I was a baby.

     So to say that recipe has been around my whole life is pretty accurate. Everyone who tries it loves it and they're always shocked that it was made in the microwave.

glass bowl filled with sugar syrup and pecans with bottle of homemade vanilla extract

     Pecans are one of my favorite nuts and they also scream holiday to me. Pecan pie, maple pecan cake, and even pecan studded sweet potato casserole mean special occasion in our house.

      I used whole pecans because that is what I had on hand. Feel free to use chopped if that is what you have.  In fact, they might work better.

       If you are a pecan lover, feel free to add a few extra nuts to the mixture.  It could withstand a cup and a half of nuts pretty easily.

      I think that correlation with holiday food makes them feel extra special. So I thought it would be fun to translate that peanut brittle into an easy pecan brittle.

bowl of hot foamy pecan brittle mixture

      Make sure to use a really big glass bowl when you whip up a batch. The mixture will bubble up quite a bit and you don't want it to spill out of the bowl.

       No only does the mixture do a fair amount of bubbling and boiling when you heat it.  It also has a very big reaction with the baking soda when it is added.

      It is the air bubbles created in that reaction that give the brittle its trademark texture.  It is the difference between a nice sweet crunch and a broken tooth from trying to bite into a hard dense candy.

     Prepare your baking sheet before the final steps of the recipe. You want to work quickly to spread out the hot mixture, so you need to be ready ahead of time.

shards of golden pecan brittle on baking sheet

      This should go without saying, but that mixture is super hot. Be careful not to burn yourself and don't try to sneak a taste before it has a chance to cool.

      Store your pecan brittle in an airtight container at room temperature. You want it to stay dry and crunchy, so store it by itself.

      Long term storage of brittles with other cookies and candies can cause the brittle to get a little tacky. So it is best to store it on its own and add it to a treat tray right before serving.

      If you want to make trays to give and want to ensure the highest quality of pecan brittle, put it in a cute little cellophane bag on the tray. Of course it will still be delicious if you just pile it on the tray. It will just stay fresh longer on its own.

plate of fudge and pecan brittle

    When well stored, pecan brittle will stay good at room temperature for several weeks. Just keep it out of extreme temperatures or high humidity and you'll be good!

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Yield: 24 servings

Easy Microwave Pecan Brittle

Easy Microwave Pecan Brittle

Make crunchy sweet pecan brittle in just a few minutes. There's no special equipment required, just a big glass bowl and a microwave!
prep time: 30 Mcook time: 8 Mtotal time: 38 M


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped or whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


How to cook Easy Microwave Pecan Brittle

  1. In a 1 1/2 quart glass bowl (MiMi and I both always make it in our 8 cup glass measuring cups) stir together sugar and syrup. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  2. Stir in pecans and salt. Microwave on high 3 to 4 minutes, until it starts getting light golden brown.
  3. Add butter and vanilla to syrup, blending well.
  4. Microwave on high 1 to 2 minutes more. The pecans will be fragrant and syrup very hot.
  5. Add baking soda and gently stir until light and foamy.
  6. Pour mixture onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Let cool for at least a half hour.
  7. When cool, break into small pieces and store in air-tight container.
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Make crunchy sweet pecan brittle in just a few minutes. There's no special equipment required, just a big glass bowl and a microwave!


  1. Kelsie | the itsy- bitsy kitchenDecember 15, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    I love making peanut brittle but I've never made pecan brittle. I need to try this. It looks fabulous!

  2. This looks and sounds so good and perfect for holiday gift giving.

  3. It truly amazes me how recipes like this can be made in the microwave. I remember my mother cooking for hours making this kind of candy. I'm feeling pretty lucky about some of the conveniences that we have today. However, sometimes I miss the hours spent together making these Christmas goodies. Those were special times. Now it seems that we are just in a hurry to get everything done. Thanks for sharing.

    1. The microwave makes it super quick and easy! It is definitely rush, rush, rush all the time!


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