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)!

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

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a heavy sauce pan over high heat. Cook and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking on high until 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 a medium heat stirring and cooking until desired color (caramel color)…. usually takes just a of couple 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 simmed them until they were clean.

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Peanut Brittle

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1 cups raw spanish peanuts
1 tsp butter
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt

Directions:

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

Combine the sugar, corn syrup, and water in a heavy sauce pan over high heat. Cook and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Continue cooking on high until 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 a medium heat stirring and cooking until desired color (caramel color).... usually takes just a of couple 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 simmed them until they were clean.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe Amy Wall

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21 Responses to “Peanut Brittle”

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    Carmen Rosa — December 18, 2012 @ 12:48 am

    Good morning Pam…..Here, in Spain we have a typical sweet very, very similar that we make with sugar……
    Your recipe is delicious, special for these Chritsmas!!!!!!

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    Peanut Brittle | My Best Cookbook — December 18, 2012 @ 1:57 am

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    Ines — December 18, 2012 @ 2:16 am

    Delicious!:P

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    Kim in MD — December 18, 2012 @ 4:57 am

    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!

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    Jenn — December 18, 2012 @ 5:16 am

    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!!

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    bellini — December 18, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    This reminds me of my dad since this is his favourite.

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    Mary — December 18, 2012 @ 6:44 am

    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.

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    vanillasugarblog — December 18, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    you know I love this.
    and shocker, I’ve made this with some heat! lol

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — December 18, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    I’ve always been intimidated to make coffee too but this is definitely a must-try!

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    grace — December 18, 2012 @ 11:41 am

    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!

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    • Lana replied: — December 18th, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

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

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    Marjie — December 18, 2012 @ 12:30 pm

    I used to make something like peanut brittle, but with many more peanuts and much less candy. Yours looks really pretty!

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    Joanne — December 18, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    I’ve never made brittle or really much candy before but I really need to start. This brittle looks like such a fun holiday food!

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    Terri — December 18, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    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.

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    Marnie — December 18, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    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!

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    mia xara — December 18, 2012 @ 7:32 pm

    Looks delicious, Pam!! What a great gift giving idea!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — December 18, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

    Your peanut brittle looks like it turned out amazing.

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    Blond Duck — December 19, 2012 @ 5:20 am

    I love peanut brittle but every time I attempt candy I blow something up!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 19, 2012 @ 11:29 am

    These peanut brittle look amazing! I must give the recipe a try too.

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    Hazel - Chicken in a Cherry Sauce — December 20, 2012 @ 5:15 am

    I love brittle!! I tried making some the other week but without the baking soda so it had the glassy look, but it was definitely too hard on the jaw! I won’t be doing that again haha!

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    Chris — December 29, 2012 @ 4:23 pm

    I am so making this tomorrow! Peanut brittle is a childhood favorite that I have never made.

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