Easy Microwave Brittle is a special treat you and the kids can make as a homemade gift for the holidays. This recipe is also terrific to use for Christmas cookie exchanges.
Microwave brittle recipes take the hassle out of brittle making and are so much easier than stovetop brittle recipes!
While most traditional microwave brittle recipes use peanuts, I decided to do something different and use Fruity Cheerios, pistachios and ginger in my Easy Microwave Brittle recipe. The flavors are inspired Indian chikki candies. Chikki are similar to peanut brittle in texture and color, but contain a mix of almonds, cashews, and pistachios, are flavored with ginger and cardamom, and contain bits of purple, orange, and yellow dried edible flowers.
For my Easy Microwave Brittle, the Fruity Cheerios mimic the color of the chikki and cinnamon for the taste. The pistachios, candied ginger, and grated some orange peel to echo the flavors and colors of the chikki brittle candy.
I think you’ll love this unique microwave brittle recipe!
Making Easy Microwave Brittle at General Mills
I came up with my Easy Microwave Brittle recipe when I visited the Betty Crocker Kitchens at the headquarters of General Mills outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2016.
We were given free reign to come up with our own recipes using a General Mills cereal and natural flavorings from the spice kits we were given.
Why I chose to make Easy Microwave Brittle
I knew my time was limited, so I planned to hurry up the cooking process making the brittle in the microwave. In the short time I had to develop my recipe, I came across several online recipes for microwave peanut brittle like this one from from Julie’s Eats & Treats.
The staff at the Betty Crocker Kitchens also helped me figure out microwave brittle cooking times by consulting the current copy of the Betty Crocker Cookbook, which has recipes for both stovetop and microwave peanut brittle.
On my first try making microwave brittle, I wasn’t completely happy on how dark the brittle was and how you couldn’t see the pretty colors of the Fruity Cheerios! Luckily, the staff was going to redo all our recipes the next day for a photo shoot in the General Mills studio (pictures below).
So I worked with one of the kitchen professionals. We felt that shortening up some cooking times, going with a white sugar (I’d originally chosen turbinado sugar) and adding the ginger and cinnamon later would work better. The results you see are in these pictures.
Tips for making Easy Microwave Brittle
Remember when making Easy Microwave Brittle time is of the essence, so:
Read the recipe carefully. You may even want to practice “first I do this, then I do that.” You can’t go back if you skip a step or leave out an ingredient.
Safety first! The brittle ingredients coming out of the microwave will be HOT! Have your oven mitts ready and keep the kids away. This is not the time to be tripping over pets either.
Keep an eye out. Microwaves are all different so don’t walk away during the cooking process. Keep an eye on what’s cooking and don’t overcook the sugar and corn syrup. You want it to be golden brown, not dark brown!
One batch at a time. Don’t double the batch as it’s too hard to work with more. Plus, doubling the cooking time wont’ be accurate. This brittle recipe takes no time at all. So once you have one batch cooling, start another!
Humidity makes sticky candy. Try making Easy Microwave Brittle with Fruity Cheerios, Pistachios & Ginger on a less humid day.
Gluten Free? Fruity Cheerios are gluten free, so is Easy Microwave Brittle!
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Easy Microwave Brittle
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/2 cup Fruity Cheerios
- 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger
- 1/4 cup chopped pistachios
- 1 tablespoon butter (plus extra for greasing baking pan)
- 2 teaspoons grated orange zest
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Generously butter a baking sheet and set aside.
- In a 2-1/2 quart glass microwave safe mixing bowl, stir together sugar and light corn syrup. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
- Stir in Cheerios, chopped ginger, pistachios, butter, orange zest, cinnamon, and sea salt. Stir until butter is melted.
- Place bowl in microwave and cook on high for 2 minutes until the brittle is a golden brown.
- Stir in baking soda. Mixture will be foamy. Pour on to the prepared baking sheet. Quickly and lightly spread the brittle mixture with your spatula. (The more you spread it, the thinner it will be. Patting it down will remove the bubbles the baking soda reaction makes, so don’t handle it too much.)
- Allow the brittle to cool at room temperature. (You can also place it in the refrigerator to speed this up.) Then break into pieces.
- Serving size: varies
General Mills sponsored the blogger trip to their headquarters. All opinions are my own.
Event photos courtesy of General Mills.
Originally published on February 22, 2016. Updated with new photos and information.