12 Days of Christmas cookies: Saffron brittle

Christmas Cookies

The holidays are full of color: From the beautiful red of a poinsettia, the green of the trees, and of course the silvery white of the snow. One place the holidays may not have much color is on the cookie plate. The cookies always golden and brown tones. That’s why for today’s 12 days of Christmas cookies we’re learning a new take on the classic brittle. We’re being joined by Janelle Whempner culinary arts instructor at CTE Academy. She’s here to show us how we can add a bit of color using saffron which adds a beautiful golden touch to any cookie plate.

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

⅛ teaspoon finely ground saffron threads

1 tablespoon rose water

¾ cup sugar

½ cup light corn syrup

3 tablespoons honey

¼ cup slivered almonds

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

3 tablespoons chopped pistachios

1 tablespoon coarsely ground dried rose petals

½ teaspoon flaky sea salt

Step 1

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; lightly coat with nonstick spray. Dissolve saffron in rose water in a small bowl.

Step 2

Bring sugar, corn syrup, honey, and 2 Tbsp. water to a boil in a medium saucepan fitted with candy thermometer over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cook, swirling occasionally (do not stir once sugar is dissolved), until thermometer registers 290°, about 5 minutes. Mix in almonds, butter, and kosher salt and cook, stirring often, until almonds are golden, butter is absorbed, and thermometer registers 300°, about 2 minutes. Vigorously mix in baking soda, then rose water mixture (caramel will bubble at first but then look smooth and creamy). Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheet and spread out as thin as possible. Sprinkle pistachios, rose petals, and sea salt over brittle. Let cool, then break into bite-size pieces.

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