Walnut brittle on a plate.
Desserts,  Recipes

Walnut Brittle with Rose Water

I wanted to make an Armenian dessert to go with the Pork Kebabs, so I found one in the book that I had all of the ingredients on hand. One major change that I made was to pour it out onto a silpat on a cookie sheet. I’d highly recommend doing it this way, because I’m not sure how a piece of foil could contain all of that molten hot sugar. This turned out really tasty, but definitely be careful eating this stuff, because It’s kind of thick and could hurt your teeth. Toasting the walnuts really makes the flavor pop, and the small amount of rosewater permeates the whole batch. Yum!

A piece of walnut brittle.

Walnut brittle on a plate.

Walnut brittle on a baking sheet.
Walnut Brittle with Rose Water
The Armenian Table – Victoria Jenanyan Wise

Makes about 1 3/4 pounds

Butter, for greasing the foil
Olive or vegetable oil, for toasting the nuts
2 cups coarsely chopped walnuts
2 cups sugar
1 cup natural raw honey
2 tablespoons butter, cut up
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon rose water
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Lightly grease a 24-inch length of extra-wide, heavy-duty aluminum foil with butter. Lightly grease a large sauté pan with about 1 teaspoon of oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add the walnuts and cook, stirring often, until lightly toasted, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Combine the sugar, honey,butter, and water in a 6-quart microwave bowl and microwave uncovered on high for 3 minutes, until the butter melts. Stir to mix and continue microwaving on high for 5 to 6 minutes, until bubbling briskly and almost to the top of the bowl and starting to turn golden. Stir in the walnuts and microwave for 5 minutes more, until the hard-crack stage. Remove and whisk in the rose water and baking soda, stirring until the bubbling stops. Immediately, and very carefully, pour the candy onto the foil. Set aside to cool and harden for at least 1 hour.

MacGourmet Rating: 4 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Katy ~

    I’ve been tempted to try recipes with rose water, but am timid of it tasting too flowery. I’ve had rose hip jam before, and it was like eating a dozen roses. Smelled better than it tasted, grins, so since then I’ve been shy. I would like to sample a piece of this though. I do enjoy a nice brittle.

  • Lydia Stewart

    Oh- I remember making peanut brittle with my grandma as a little girl! Brings back happy memories to see it posted. 🙂 From some reason, whenever I see it, I also think of “candyland” and Grandma Nut. 🙂 Looks like a good recipe!

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