Fancy Cashew Brittle

1 can (9.5 oz. or 2 cups) roasted, salted cashew halves with pieces (if using whole cashews, break into halves)
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda

In a 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl (preferably a 2-qt. glass measure with a handle), stir together nuts, sugar and corn syrup. Microwave, uncovered, at high until the mixture is light brown – about 6-8 minutes, stirring halfway through. Meanwhile, grease a cookie sheet well with butter and set aside.

Using oven mitts, remove the nut mixture from the oven (it will be very hot!) and stir in the butter & vanilla. Continue to microwave at high, 1 ½ - 2 more minutes. Mixture should become caramel colored.
Use oven mitts to remove the mixture from the microwave. Add the baking soda. Stir quickly until light and foamy and the baking soda is thoroughly mixed in. Immediately (and very carefully) pour onto the prepared cookie sheet and use the back of a spoon to spread out as quickly as possible. (The brittle will be fairly thick)

Let the brittle stand until completely cool - about 30 minutes. Break into pieces and serve. Store leftovers in an airtight container, preferably a tin. Makes about sixteen 2-1/2 x 3-inch pieces. This candy recipe is easy (made in the microwave), quick (about 15 minutes) & delicious!

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