Salted Rosemary Pecan Brittle

Salted Rosemary Pecan Brittle from Bakerita.comI’m a little…okay, a lot, behind on the holiday gift train. Seriously. 4 days before Christmas? Most of the parties are already over, but I digress. I may be super duper late with this recipe in blogger-world, but if you’re still needing a Christmas gift, a stocking stuffer, or a wonderfully tasty snack for Santa’s platter, or you know, just to snack on while your wrapping presents, this salted rosemary pecan brittle is amazing.

It is different from the typical peanut brittle. That was the original direction I was going with the recipe, but somehow things got away from me and I ended up with a wonderful version of brittle that I know I’m going to be making over and over again.

Salted Rosemary Pecan Brittle from Bakerita.comI switched out the peanuts for buttery pecans. Pecans are totally my favorite nut – I love the flavor, the texture, all of it. You’re welcome to use whatever nut you enjoy most. Almonds (I would use sliced), peanuts, or even pine nuts would all be great here. I found a rosemary bush in my new backyard (we moved recently) and decided to throw some in to see how all the flavors would play. The rosemary adds a lovely flavor to the brittle that isn’t too overpowering, but you definitely taste it. If you aren’t a huge rosemary fan, you could choose to omit it.

Finally, you have to salt this stuff. It cuts through the sweetness perfectly, while bringing out the flavor of the rosemary and the pecans. It’s the perfect finish to the brittle, and you definitely need to stir half in and sprinkle half on top. The salt on top allows the salty flavor to start off each bite on the right note.

Salted Rosemary Pecan Brittle from Bakerita.com

The best part? This stuff wraps up beautifully for gifts, is super impressive, and no one will know it took 15 minutes max of active time for you to make the whole batch. Score!

Happy holidays everyone – I hope you all enjoy the best days of family, friends, and food! Xoxo

Salted Rosemary Pecan Brittle from Bakerita.com

Salted Rosemary Pecan Brittle
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups pecans, roughly chopped
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon course ground sea salt
  1. Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat baking liner. Place in an oven heated to 200 degrees F until ready to use.
  2. Place the sugar in a large, heavy saucepan over high heat and stir with a wooden spoon until sugar begins to melt. Lower the heat to medium-high and keep stirring just until the sugar is melted. Stop stirring and watch for it to turn a medium caramel color, or about 250 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Stir in pecans, and then butter. Allow to cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly, or until completely combined and butter is incorporated, this will be 300 degrees F on a candy thermometer. Stir in half of the rosemary and half of the sea salt. Remove from heat.
  3. Working quickly, grab your cookie sheet from the oven and turn the mixture out onto the pan and spread it evenly to the desired thickness with a wooden spoon or stiff rubber spatula. Sprinkle remaining rosemary and salt on top, while brittle is still warm.
  4. Allow to cool completely--at least one hour--then break the brittle into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature. If your brittle isn't brittle enough to break into pieces, pop it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes, until it hardens enough to snap easily.
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  1. I’ve been behind this entire holiday season, haha. But this brittle would be an awesome gift! Love the combo of pecans and rosemary. So creative! I wouldn’t have thought of that on my own, but now I really want to try it. :)

  2. This looks amazing! Beyond amazing, I must add it to my list of things to make, for sure!

  3. This is beautiful! And I love the flavor of rosemary in sweet recipes!

  4. Girl, don’t feel bad, it’s the 23 and I haven’t even started wrapping. Confession: I am going to the mall today…to actually buy the gifts. Yeahhhh. BUT, this brittle is holy-moly-I-want-it-now delish looking! Adding that rosemary is totally unique but genius!

  5. Pecans are my favorite nut too – this brittle sounds amazing with the salt and rosemary! And I’m super behind on everything right now so don’t feel bad – I have barely wrapped any presents!

  6. It is So Crispy

  7. Beautiful photo. Love the idea of adding your favorite nuts.

  8. What a great recipe!! Seriously this looks amazing!! I love peanut brittle… rosemary and Salted desserts!! YUM… thanks for sharing!! I hope you have a lovely Christmas!!

  9. Oh wow, this brittle couldn’t look any better! I love the flavor combo!
    Happy Holiday!

  10. Pecans are my favorite nut too and I love that you added rosemary to this brittle. Such a unique twist! Merry Christmas!

  11. I’m behind too and am seriously playin catch up! This brittle looks so unique and delicious — I love the sound of pecans and rosemary. Well done!

  12. I love brittle and can imagine how good the pecan would be! Love that you incorporate rosemary!

  13. Whoa nelly! These look GOOD. What a cool way to perk up brittle with some rosemary and sea salt! Genius!

  14. Salted Rosemary pecan brittle sounds so addicting. I don’t know if these would ever make it into little gift bags or stocking stuffers as they look so good. It is several days after the holiday and I am still far behind on all the festivities. Thanks for stopping by my blog so that I could find your. Looking forward to keeping in touch.

  15. Love the combination of sweet and salty , the addition of the rosemary I am sure makes this brittle extra special. Love that you used pecans!

  16. this looks amazing!! i love that you used pecans instead of peanuts…yum!!

  17. I love candy that’s impressive and easy! Normally I go with truffles, but this looks amazing! :D

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