Cashew Brittle – Parve Recipe

I make this recipe every year for Passover and the family goes nuts (pun intended) for my Cashew Brittle. It isn’t difficult to make but does take time and a lot of attention.

Here’s what you’ll need to ultimate successful brittle.

  • 1 large non-stick frying pan
  • 1 silicone spatula
  • 1 silicone pad.


  • 1 lbs of unsalted cashews
  • 1/2  cup of medium brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup regular white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons margarine
  • spray on vegetable  oil (or 1 teaspoon vegetable oil)

Step 1

  • To a hot frying pan spray with oil or add 1/2 a teaspoon of oil to ensure it is all coated
  • When hot turn heat to medium and add the cashews
  • Keep mixing the cashews util a few just start turning brown. Remove from heat and pour into a bowl and set a side.

Step 2

Spray the frying pan again well with oil or add the remaining oil. Add 1/2 of the margin and allow to melt on a medium heat

Add both the brown & white sugar and mix

Keep stirring until the sugar melts (you might need to add a bit more margarine but add only tiny amounts add a time)

Once melted, add the vanilla (Optional) and mix in well – if you want a vanilla undertone to the molasses taste of the brown sugar.

Add in the browned cashews from step 1 and mix well ensuring every cashew is as well coated as possible.

Step 3

  • Pour the cashes onto the silicone pad (a 10X12 is ideal)
  • Using the silicone spatula spread the mixture to make it as thin as possible. You’ll need to work quickly before the sugar mixture starts to harden.
  • Let mixture cool (generally 15-20 minutes) until barely warm to the touch.
  • Break up into small pieced (size doesn’t matter).

Store in an airtight container.


If mixture hardens before you could spread it enough. Place it on a cookie sheet (I suggest covering the sheet in aluminium foil or parchment paper) and place in the oven on 350°F for 5 to 10 minutes (you need to keep an eye on it) until soft and then try again.

Serves: Your guess is as good as mine, my family would eat the whole thing in a single sitting if I let them.



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