Honey Nut Brittle

I always remember having my grandmother’s peanut brittle over the holidays and am thrilled that I can make brittle out of Honey!
And who wouldn’t want some delicious nut brittle as a gift?! (Click here for 15 clutter free gift ideas.)
Honey Nut Brittle
2/3 cup butter or ghee
1/2 cup honey
1 cup nuts (your choice: peanuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, etc)
Spread parchment paper on the bottom of a cookie sheet
Cook butter and honey over medium heat to ‘hard crack’ stage, stirring constantly.
Hard crack stage:  Keep a bowl of cold water near the stove, drop a few drops of the honey/butter into the cold water. When it reaches ‘hard crack’ stage, it will get hard when it hits the water.  (or if you have a candy thermometer, till it’s 300 degrees F). Between 5-10 minutes.
Stir in the nuts.  Pour onto parchment paper cookie sheet. Refrigerate, to cool.
Pull out the paper and candy and break into pieces.
This is awesome served with hot buttered coffee!

About Rachel Jones

Hi there! I’m Rachel Jones, and I founded Nourishing Minimalism in 2012 at the beginning of my minimalist journey. If you're looking for encouragement in your journey, I created a FREE Facebook Group - feel free to join me there: Nourishing Minimalism Facebook Group and I share videos each week on YouTube


  1. Shelley Alexander on 12/21/2012 at 10:37 pm

    I used to eat peanut brittle as a child and I loved it! Your recipe sounds like a much healthier option!

  2. Darren on 11/23/2014 at 10:56 am

    I believe you have not tried this recipe. This will not work because honey hard crack stage is much higher than sugar.

    • Rachel on 11/23/2014 at 5:20 pm

      The picture is mine, I wrote exactly what I personally did- it worked great and tastes great. I’ve made it several times.

      • Ann-Marie Hunter on 12/23/2014 at 4:18 pm

        Ha ha. It’s pretty funny that Darren would presume that you’ve never made a recipe that you’ve posted! Honey IS different, but a good cook can just tell when the candy is at the right stage!

        • Rachel on 12/23/2014 at 5:03 pm

          I agree! 🙂

  3. Jaimie on 04/15/2015 at 1:32 am

    Could you tell me how much finished product you will have? About a pound?

    • Rachel on 04/16/2015 at 12:02 am

      I’m sorry Jaimie, I don’t remember how much I had. I think maybe enough to fill a quart bag, but it may have been more than that.

  4. sarah on 02/06/2016 at 9:24 pm

    I never made candy before and this was very easy and it came out great. I used unsalted nuts and butter and sprinkled coarse sea salt on top. I will definitely save this recipie to my favs.

    • Rachel on 02/09/2016 at 4:28 pm

      Awesome! Thanks for letting me know Sarah. 🙂

  5. sara Tretter on 12/12/2016 at 4:08 pm

    Hi, I have a question about this recipe: does it become soft and sticky if left at room temperature? I want to make this in oregon and bring it to Ny to give to my family for a christmas gift (we have our own honey from our backyard hive). but i’m worried about it turning to a sticky mess during the trip. How does it do if left at room temp?

    • Rachel on 12/13/2016 at 4:38 pm

      It did fine for me at room temperature. I don’t remember it sticking together or getting sticky at all.

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