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Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

I am so excited about this recipe! I’ve always been intimidated by making candies so I don’t make them. A childhood friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that she is the queen of peanut brittle so I immediately asked for her recipe. I made a small batch this afternoon and it turned out AMAZING and it was so easy to make! My kids were the taste testers and they both fell instantly in love with this peanut brittle. We have friends coming over for dinner tomorrow night and I am excited to serve this for dessert–I have a feeling it’s going to make a lot of people happy. Thanks for sharing, Amy… you’re the best (and so is your peanut brittle recipe)!

Peanut Brittle

How to Make Peanut Brittle

Prepare a baking tray by either coating with butter or lining with a silpat mat that has been coated in cooking spray.

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Cook and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking on high until the candy thermometer reaches 290 degrees. Once it reaches 290 degrees, add the peanuts and butter. Continue cooking and stir constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add baking soda and salt, then return to medium heat stirring and cooking until desired color (caramel color)…. usually takes just a couple of minutes.

Pour out onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to desired thickness. Cool completely then break up into pieces.  Enjoy.

Side Note: I cleaned my spoon, pan, and candy thermometer by submerging them in the pan full of water and simmering them until they were clean.

Peanut Brittle

 

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Pam / For the Love of Cooking

Equipment

  • Heavy Saucepan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup raw Spanish peanuts
  • 1 tsp butter
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  • Prepare a baking tray by either coating with butter or lining with a silpat mat that has been coated in cooking spray.
  • Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Cook and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking on high until the candy thermometer reaches 290 degrees.
  • Once it reaches 290 degrees, add the peanuts and butter. Continue cooking and stir constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and add baking soda and salt, then return to medium heat stirring and cooking until desired color (caramel color).... usually takes just a couple of minutes.
  • Pour out onto the prepared baking sheet and spread to desired thickness. Cool completely then break up into pieces. Enjoy.
  • Side Note: I cleaned my spoon, pan, and candy thermometer by submerging them in the pan full of water and simmering them until they were clean.
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  1. I make caramel all the time, and have made fudge before, but somehow other candy recipes intimidate me. This peanut brittle looks easy and delicious. I may have to throw fear out the window and give it a try!

  2. I love to see people overcome their big fears in the kitchen… and with such yummy results!! The one and only time I made peanut brittle was in high school, in chemistry class!!! lol Maybe it’s time to make some in my kitchen now!!

  3. My first attempt at candy making was a train wreck of a disaster; resulting in a saucepan in the garbage, a burnt out mixer AND the destruction of a couple of utensils. I didn’t try again for at least ten years! Way to go, conquering your own intimidation with this recipe, Pam! Your peanut brittle looks PERFECT.

  4. peanuts don’t really do it for me, but i know i’d love some cashew brittle or some macadamia brittle. why haven’t i ever seen those? nice recipe!

    1. Make it the same way and just use salted cashew halves. I do this every year at Christmas. Delicious!

  5. You should try making in the microwave. I’ve done it that way for years and never had a failure.. No candy thermometer, no stirring on the stove. Just a couple of minutes and it’s done.

  6. This is one of my favorite recipes.. been making it for years and its always a hit. In fact, my very picky, bachelor brother who is impossible to buy for, gets a batch for Christmas every year. I was thrilled to finally find something that pleases him!