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Peanut Brittle

An easy recipe for traditional peanut brittle, resulting in a creamy and crunchy holiday treat that is perfect for gifting.
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: peanuts


  • 3/4 C water
  • 1/2 C corn syrup
  • 2 C granulated sugar
  • 2 C dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  • Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat or parchment paper
  • In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, water and corn syrup. Stir frequently.
  • When mixture begins to boil, add a candy thermometer. Continue cooking until mixture reaches 265°F degrees, "hard ball" stage. Add peanuts and stir.
  • Continue stirring frequently until mixture reaches 305°F degrees, "hard crack" stage. The color of your mixture will have darkened up rapidly at this point. Immediately remove from heat, stir in butter, vanilla, baking soda and salt.
  • Pour onto prepared baking sheet. Let sit undisturbed for 1-2 hours to cool and harden. Crack into desired sizes and store in an airtight container.


Adapted from: Fine Cooking