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Cinnamon Pecan Brittle

cinnamon pecan brittle gluten-free recipe

I came up with the recipe for this Cinnamon Pecan Brittle when I messed up a recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s lovely cookbook, Around My French Table.

I had thought I was making Spiced Nuts, though when I pulled these out of the oven, I realized that I had actually made a scrumptious nut brittle. So, I made the recipe several additional times, tweaking each version along the way until I was pleased with this new permutation.

Cinnamon Pecan Brittle


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together egg white, agave, salt and cinnamon
  2. Toss nuts in the egg white mixture to coat
  3. Pour nut mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  4. Bake at 300° for 30 minutes, until nuts are browned
  5. Allow nuts to cool for 5 minutes, then break apart and serve

This brittle is great for a party or nice to keep around as a snack.  It also makes a lovely hostess gift when placed in a little tin or box, that is then tied with a pretty ribbon.  By the way, this gluten free nut snack is one of my favorites. You can experiment with other nuts in this recipe instead of the pecans (though I haven’t tried this myself); if you do please let us know how it turns out.

You may also want to try some brittle type recipes from these bloggers:
-Cinnamon Pumpkin Seed Brittle from Stephanie of Wasabimon
-CrockPot Peanut (Not Brittle) Candy from Stephanie of A Year of Slow Cooking
-Spiced Almond Brittle from Kelly of The Spunky Coconut

Stay tuned! I’ll be holding a giveaway for a copy of Around My French Table this Thursday.

posted on December 27, 2010, 43 comments

  1. The Teenie Foodie @ theteeniefoodie.blogspot.com

    These look delicious! They remind me of those caramel sheets with nuts, but way healthier!
    Can’t wait to try them, maybe with flaked almonds so I get a think delicate sheet to serve with your cashew ice cream.

    Thanks Elana, fab recipes as usual… would love it if you check out my blog too, I just started it… its gluten dairy and sugar free :-)



  2. Shirley @ gfe @ glutenfreeeasily.com

    Oh, what a divine permutation, Elana! I’m all about pecans and this brittle looks fantastic! :-) Super simple as usual, too–love that. ;-)


  3. Yum! What a great mistake in the kitchen to make. ;)

  4. A brilliant recipe blunder! I feel like we are your kids that get to gobble up what mama wouldn’t serve to the guests because it wasn’t what it ought to have been. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Stephanie O'Dea @ stephanieodea.com

    Gorgeous! I’m a big fan of anything brittle, and this is such an easy recipe that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

    thank you for linking to my (not) brittle.:-) oxox

  6. Sandra Wells @ Thebeehiveonline.com

    I wish I had this recipe before Christmas! What a lovely gift this would make, for now my household will get to enjoy.

  7. I love pecans any why but in brittle they are even more delicious and rather addictive more me.

  8. Stephanie - Wasabimon @ wasabimon.com

    What a happy accident! I love it when cooking mishaps have a delicious ending. :)

  9. Georgia Pellegrini @ georgiapellegrini.com

    The scent of warm cinnamon pecan…really smells like home

  10. I make something similar to this for a healthy snack. I use 2 tbls of agave, 2 tbls of cinnamon, 2 mini scoops of stevia and whisk that together into a paste. Then I add 3 1/2 cups of almonds and stir around until they are all coated. Bake in a 9 x 13 cake pan (sprayed with pam or use parchment) at 350 for 20 minutes. Makes great cinnamon almonds, perfect for snacking.

  11. What a serendipitous discovery! I always loved nut brittle as a kid, but this version appeals to me now so much more than those sugar- & butter- laden brittles. I’m looking forward to making this!

  12. Lisa M @ gumshoenick.com

    This sounds so good! I’ll have to make it soon.

  13. Tamra

    Thanks for this recipe. brittle was my go to Christmas present. But with white sugar. Now I can make it for me with Agave!

    And to those that add their ideas-Thank you!

  14. Mistakes are the best aren’t they? I make them in the kitchen all the time but magically it always leads me to a new creation! This recipe looks fantastic. It’s hard to find a healthier version of a brittle. Can’t wait to try it out!

  15. Mia

    This looks great! Thank you for sharing.

  16. Great googly moogly! These look fantastic! I’m in love.

  17. Cindi Johnson

    Wow ~ Add a couple of other spices and the original recipe you were trying (spiced nuts) is what my mom made every Christmas for many, many years… and I have continued the tradition. I have never met anyone else with that recipe. The brittle version must be excellent because the spiced nut version is a hit every time. I really encourage others to try it.

  18. Valerie @ City|Life|Eats @ citylifeeats.com

    This recipe sounds wonderful. I also wanted to thank you for your cookbook and blog – I recently was able to reintroduce almonds and duck eggs successfully, and since last month have been cooking and baking from your cookbook and enjoying it tremendously. :)

  19. Susan Maki

    Divine!! Just popped some in my mouth and they are yummy!! It was hard waiting for them to cool, but so worth the wait :-) Thanks Elana!

  20. Mmm…I love when a mistake turns into something even better! Happy New Year Elana!

  21. Kenna

    This recipe is delicious and easy! As soon as I read the post today I went to the kitchen and in a matter of minutes my house was filled with a sweet, nutty smell. They are tasty little treats!
    Thanks again!

  22. marla {family fresh cooking} @ familyfreshcooking.com

    I love how little agave is in these pecans – must try this recipe asap! xo

  23. KR

    I just made these and mine turned out gooey. I left them in the oven for another 10 min but it didn’t help. Any suggestions?

  24. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday @ gamereviewwiki.com/bikinibirthday

    Do you think you could make this vegan somehow?

  25. fdarlentwo@yahoo.com

    mine were gooey as well any suggestions ?

  26. Elizabeth

    I made these tonight and they taste great. Mine are sticky thought and not brittle – so you think I should bake them longer?

  27. Allison

    For everyone who had problem with it being sticky, stick it in the freezer! Mine was a little goopy after 30 minutes too, so I let it cool in the freezer for a while. I could have let it set a while longer (the outside edges were hard, but the middle was still soft), but I just broke it all up and threw it in a container and popped that back in the freezer. It will keep it crunchy, I’m sure, and keep me out of it since I can’t seem to stop eating! YUM!!

    • Reiko

      Another way to avoid a gooey middle is to not have a middle at all! That is, drop them on the sheet separately instead of spread them in a layer. I have yet to try this technique, but I can’t imagine it failing :)

  28. Kristin

    ADDICTIVE!!! I can NOT stop eating them!! I do believe this may become my go-to dish to take to social events =)

  29. ncherven

    Do you soak the pecans before using?

  30. andrea

    could you substitue honey for agave?

  31. Michele Masson

    Can you sub something for the egg whites? I can’t have eggs.

  32. Natasha

    I made this last night to try it out. I’m planning on giving this away to friends, etc. I love it. My coworkers like it (aka my guinea pigs). And my house smelled magical.

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