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Peanut Brittle Recipe

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Peanut brittle is a classic holiday treat that is perfect for gift-giving. Whip up a batch of this Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe and enjoy the buttery, sweet, peanut-filled crunchy candy.

Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe

Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe

There is no need to buy store-bought peanut brittle when you can make it fresh at home with this wonderful Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe. It’s a really inexpensive recipe and fairly easy to make on a chilly afternoon. We break the brittle up and fill a big jar to have on the table for people to grab a sweet treat any time during the Christmas season.

Christmas and candy just go together! Check out these delicious candy and candy-inspired recipes to sweeten your holidays: Old Fashioned Divinity Candy | Christmas Candy Cake | Easy Crockpot Candy Recipe | Candy Cane Oreo Fudge | Candy Cane Jello Shots

The Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make the Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe (the exact measurements and full recipe instructions are below in the easy to print recipe card):

  • Granulated sugar – the sugar is the base of this candy and melts into the water and corn syrup as you cook the mixture.
  • Light corn syrup – corn syrup is important to the texture of the peanut brittle candy.
  • Water – we used tap water, which works well. But you can use filtered water if you prefer.
  • Salt – regular kosher salt is just right for this recipe.
  • Butter – use salted butter, or use unsalted butter and add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the candy mixture.
  • Dry roasted peanuts – we like unsalted dry roasted peanuts for the peanut brittle.
  • Baking soda – the baking soda will be added at the end of the cooking of the candy and will cause the mixture to foam up and gives the peanut brittle the familiar crunchy texture.

Be sure you have a candy thermometer on hand too! This is essential for making this candy.

ingredients to make Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe.

How to Make Peanut Brittle

Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside. In a large pot, add the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved, and the mixture comes to a boil. At this point, the candy will look clear and bubbly.

making candy by boiling sugar, water, and corn syrup.

Once the mixture is boiling, very carefully add the butter to the pot. Continue to cook, stirring often, until a candy thermometer registers 280F degrees, which should take about 15 minutes. You will notice the candy darkening a bit to a light golden caramel color.

corn syrup and butter cooking in a pot.

Add the peanuts to the candy mixture and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring very frequently, until a candy thermometer registers 305F degrees. The peanut brittle will now be a deep golden brown.

boiling sugar, butter, and peanuts in a large pot.

Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the baking soda which will cause the candy to foam up.

cooking the peanut brittle after adding baking soda.

Pour the peanut brittle evenly onto the prepared sheet pan. Spread out to about 1/4-inch thickness.

spreading the hot peanut brittle out onto a cookie sheet.

Cool the fresh homemade peanut brittle completely to room temperature.

cooling the complete Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe on a cookie sheet.

Break the brittle into small pieces with your hands or a small wooden mallot.

breaking up the freshly made Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe.

Can I use a different kind of nut for brittle?

Yes! Pecan brittle is especially delicious. Toasted, unsalted pecans are really good, or try using almonds.

How to Store Peanut Brittle

Keep the fresh peanut brittle in an airtight food storage container. It will stay fresh at room temperature for several weeks. If the kitchen gets warm or humid, the brittle will get sticky, so keep it in a cool, dry place.

Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe in a Christmas gift box.

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Peanut Brittle Recipe

Homemade Peanut Brittle

Published By Jill
Peanut brittle is a classic holiday treat that is perfect for gift-giving. Whip up a batch of this Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe and enjoy the buttery, sweet, peanut-filled crunchy candy.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course candy, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter cut into ½-inch thick slices
  • 2 1/4 cups dry roasted peanuts unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions
 

  • Line a large sheet pan with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat; set aside.
  • In a large pot, add the sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt. Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved, and the mixture comes to a boil.
  • Once the mixture is boiling, very carefully add the butter to the pot. Continue to cook, stirring often, until a candy thermometer registers 280F degrees, which should take about 15 minutes.
  • Add the peanuts to the candy mixture and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring very frequently, until a candy thermometer registers 305F degrees. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the baking soda.
  • Pour the peanut brittle evenly onto the prepared sheet pan. Spread out to about 1/4-inch thickness. Cool completely to room temperature, then break into pieces.
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