Microwave Pecan Brittle Tutorial

This recipe is done in the microwave. It takes about 15 minutes start to finish. You can have the ingredients on hand at all times and whip this up as a quick gift. Makes a beautiful Christmas gift when packaged in a tin or mason jar and ribbon. You can use any nut you want. The times listed are for a 1300 watt microwave. It's best to measure out the ingredients before you start.

Microwave Pecan Brittle


2 cups pecan halves or pieces
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 pinch salt
1 Tbs butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda

Step 1

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or grease the pan with non-stick cooking spray). In a glass bowl, combine the pecans, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Mix together, microwave for 4 minutes until bubbly.

Step 2

After the 4 minutes, using potholders, remove the bowl from the microwave and add the butter and vanilla (you should hear it sizzle when you stir the butter and vanilla in). Microwave again for 2 minutes.

Step 3

Using potholders, remove the bowl, and quickly stir in the baking soda. While you stir it in, it should start to foam and turn white. Stir the baking soda in quickly and then pour the mixture on your lined or greased baking sheet. Spread out the pecans in a single layer.

Step 4

Let the brittle cool for 15 minutes. Once it's cool, break it into pieces, store in an airtight container.


Angie Z. said…
My husband is diabetic, but I now he would love this treat. Have you ever tried this with Splenda?
Angie- I haven't but I don't see what it wouldn't work!
Anonymous said…
Could you sub other nuts in place of the pecans?
Anonymous said…
thank you!! Looks yummy!!
Yes, any nut will work. I've done cashew brittle for my husband boss, pecan, peanut, walnut. Any nut works!
Anonymous said…
Thank you! This looks yummy! Do you have the timing conversion for 1000 watt microwaves?
Anonymous said…
How do you make it with peanut butter
Cammy's Blog said…
Yes and it had an acrid taste. I too am diabetic. I just eat it in moderation
Cammy's Blog said…
I have been making brittle for a long time. Because if the chemistry to make it you can not add peanut butter to the mix. I have a peanut butter fiend here at my house. I may play around with adding it later.

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