This is a really simple way of making nut brittle, without using a candy thermometer or doing any of the stage tests. A trick that I use is to line the cookie sheet with parchment paper so there's no sticky stuff to pry off and then wash up.
I made the most wonderful Baklava on ethnic night in gourmet class. I hadn't made it in a while and started craving it when I saw this little shortcut in a magazine at the doctor's office. (The best part about the wait is scanning the magazine rack!) Also, if you want to get even more fancy and creative, top with a dollop of Nutella or chocolate fudge, or even an chocolate mint bar.
This is a nice, different side dish to poultry. I usually serve at Christmas... the addition of the red hot candies give it a nice festive cinnamon flavor! Kids love it. I've substituted with Cranberry, always go back to Cherry. The flavors compliment each other well.