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Cashew Crunch Recipe with FREE Printable “Homemade with Love” Gift Tags



Love a good nutty Christmas Candy?

Try this easy FOUR ingredient Cashew Crunch recipe that is both salty & sweet, and of course – super addictive! I love that it’s simple to melt on the stove, spread on a cookie sheet and brake apart for some serious cashew HEAVEN!

It’s a perfect holiday treat to share with loved ones- if there’s any left!


Homemade Cashew Crunch

Recipe slightly adapted from allrecipes.com24 Servings


1 cup butter
1 cup white granulated sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
10 oz. Cashews


  • Grease a large baking sheet with butter and set aside.
  • In a saucepan on the stove, melt butter, sugar, and corn syrup together on medium heat. Stir to combine.
  • Turn heat up a little to med/high and add cashews. Use a nonstick silicone spatula or wood spoon to stir frequently.
  • You’ll see the mixture start to bubble and cook. Make sure to stir frequently so it does NOT burn.
  • Keep stirring and cooking to heat to 300 degrees using a candy thermometer. Or you can do what I did and keep a bowl of cold water next to stove. Drop a small amount of syrup in and if it immediately turns solid and hard, it’s ready. You’re looking for a medium brown color, not super dark or it may be burning.
  • Pour mixture onto the greased baking sheet and spread as thin as possible very quickly. It will start to harden right away.
  • Let cool and then brake into pieces.
  • Store in airtight container.


Are you making homemade goodies for friends and loved ones for Christmas? Feel free to use this festive gift tag I designed to pair with your homemade treats!


As an idea to use this printable gift tag, I packaged my Cashew Crunch on small disposable holiday plates wrapped in clear cellophane wrap and a ribbon with attached gift tag!


Did you know I have my fair share of kitchen fails?

In fact, I had a major Cashew Crunch FAIL while testing a different microwave recipe! It completely burned! LOL. So I definitely recommend the stove method where you can watch and stir frequently to avoid burning and ruining perfectly good cashews! 😊

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 small kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 18

  1. Em

    These looks good!

  2. kelistac

    Wow!! These look like a big easy hit!! Thanks!!👼🎄🎅⛄🎁💝

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! Enjoy 😀

  3. Babymair

    Lina, can you use a different nut ?? Fam not a fan of cashews.do you think it would work out ,and what nut eould you suggest ?? TIA .

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ya I think peanuts maybe–So like peanut brittle? Or mixed nuts? 😀

      • Marcy

        Peanuts works, never tried mixed nuts

  4. Retta

    Is the corn syrup necessary? I hate to buy it to use such a small amount and then sit in my cabinet forever.

    • Marcy

      Yes 🙂

    • stephanie

      Oh man, I somehow got a free Karo syrup recipe book (I’m sure on here years ago lol) you wouldn’t believe the things that can be made with this stuff! I’m am sure you could Google it. Hope that helps!

  5. Marcy

    The corn starch is necessary. My SIL make this every year before Christmas and it’s a 2 man job!! A person to pour and someone to spread because it hardens fast!!! You will get thick pieces if you don’t spread fast enough. 🎄 Merry Christmas!

    • Jennifer B,

      You mean corn *syrup*, right? Just checking before I attempt the recipe. I know sometimes things get left out and recipe posts are then adjusted.

  6. Ladonna

    I make the microwave version of this every year, and it’s my most requested Christmas candy , I’ve had a year or two where it’s turned out a little more chewy then crunchy(which means it wasn’t in the microwave long enough ) but never had it burn I find it pretty easy to keep an eye on it even in the microwave

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Ha! I’m glad it worked for you! Maybe my microwave is hotter, not sure?

  7. Tammy

    It doesn’t say when to add the corn syrup and should it be corn starch?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      It’s corn syrup. Oops! Fixed. You just add it with butter and sugar. Thanks!

  8. Danea

    Are the cashews salted? Do you use the cashews that come in a can?

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      I think you can you use your preference on that. I use roasted lightly salted ones from Walgreens I had snagged on sale 😀

  9. Mama

    How have I missed all of these recipes?? I need to get busy…😆 Thanks!

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