Sunday, December 2, 2012

Peanut Brittle

I would have liked to get more done today but I did get enough done for at least a couple of posts so here is the first one (the others will follow in the next couple days). I started out late this morning to make peanut brittle. I haven't made it for a few years but wanted to have some to put in Christmas baskets this year.
Peanut brittle is one of the easier candies to make. It tends to come out right every time as long as you have a candy thermometer.

Here is the recipe:

Peanut Brittle

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup water
16 oz. bag of raw peanuts (unroasted)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. butter
2 tsp. baking soda

Butter two large baking sheets and set aside.
In a heavy saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup and water. Stir well.

Bring to boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Continue to boil until your candy thermometer reaches 250 degrees F (about 20-30 minutes).Stir in peanuts and salt. Cook until mixture reaches 295 degrees F.  Remove from heat. Quickly stir in butter and baking soda. Stir. (I had it ready in a bowl so I could just add it all at once. It will foam up.). Immediately pour mixture as evenly as possible over your buttered baking sheets.

Cool completely, break into pieces.


  1. This looks very close to my recipe, which is really my Dads. He used to make many batches and give to practically everyone in town. Well, not that many but the town only has 150 people. So after he passed away I started making it.I give it out too in my Christmas baskets. I think mine says to let it go to 300, but other than that it looks like the same recipe. We love it. I don't dare make it too often or we would eat it constantly. I bought a huge sack of raw peanuts for roasting or boiling so I think I'll make Dean shell some of those while he is recovering.

    1. Good idea, keep him busy and being helpful. I am sure it will help him if he is busy and not bored. I bought mine already shelled just so I wouldn't have to shell them all, lol.

  2. I bought a candy thermometer recently - time to test it out I think...

    1. I have to buy another one now. Mine cracked during the making of this but I have had it a long time now.

  3. Hi Becky! That makes me want a piece, now! I love peanut brittle! I may have to try that recipe soon! Thanks for sharing! Blessings from Bama!