Easy Peanut Brittle

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My kids love peanut brittle.  I have never had success cooking the stuff until a friend shared her recipe with me.  Unlike other recipes, you don’t need to use a candy thermometer, which never seems to actually help me in the candy making process.  Making peanut brittle is difficult because it’s easy to either under cook the brittle making it chewy and sticky; or overcook(or burn) the brittle.

Instead of cooking the brittle over the stove top, you can use your microwave with pretty good results. 

To make the brittle, you’ll need:

1 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of corn syrup

1 cup of raw peanuts(not roasted or cooked in any other way)

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon of butter

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1 teaspoon of baking soda


Combine the sugar, syrup, peanuts, and salt in a bowl which you can use in a microwave.  Stir ingredients thoroughly.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes and stir. Microwave on high for 4 more minutes.  Add the butter and stir.

Microwave on high for two more minutes. Keep in mind that cooking times can vary.  Make sure that the brittle doesn’t get too brown.  Stir in the baking soda and the vanilla.  This should make the brittle foamy.

Spread on a buttered cookie sheet.  The layer of brittle should be very thin.   Allow to cool and then break into bits.


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