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  • The Mellow Baker

Everything Brittle

The most versatile brittle you will ever meet!

Total Time: 25 Minutes


This mellow brittle can be made with any add-ins you can imagine,

hence the name "Everything Brittle," which may be more reminiscent of bagels.

Shown here is a brittle of pecans and chopped dates.

I wondered if you could put something sticky like dates in a hard brittle,

the results did not disappoint, and sparked many new combinations for me.

I have also tried walnuts, cashew with coconut flakes, rice cereal, and graham cracker/marshmallow. Try this simple sweet with whatever suits your fancy


4 Tbs butter (I like to use salted, but most people would probably use unsalted!)

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2-3 Tbs water

1/2 tsp baking soda

Add-ins: nuts = 1&1/2 cups, rice cereal = 3 cups, nuts & dates = 1/2 cup dates to 1 cup nuts, s'mores = 1 cup roughly chopped graham cracker to 1/2 cup mini marshmallow (sprinkle marshmallows on top, do not mix in), or any other ingredients you could think of!

This four ingredient recipe is very simple, but I won't say it's no fail, make sure you completely dissolve your sugar before increasing the heat.

  1. Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper.

  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan on low heat, once melted, add sugar and stir gently with a spatula to combine. Let mixture heat for a minute or two, then add water.

  3. Continue to heat on low for 5-8 minutes while the sugar dissolves, stir gently with a spatula as if folding a batter. Do not move on until there are no sugar crystals visible.

  4. Once sugar has dissolved turn heat to medium and put your spatula to the side. Allow sugar to caramelize for 6-10 minutes more, swirling the pan gently to cook evenly. You should have a deep amber color when done.

  5. Quickly mix in the add-ins and baking soda, stirring rapidly, then pour onto prepared baking sheet and press with the back of a spatula, you want to create as thin a layer as possible. If your brittle has already become to hard or unworkable, put another piece of parchment paper on top and roll with a rolling pin and some elbow grease.

Let cool for 10 minutes, then break into pieces and enjoy. Saves well in an airtight container for 2 weeks. Use this recipe to create your own brittle for "THE Cookie" and make it your own!

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