Peanut Brittle

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I am sharing with you truly the best recipe for Peanut Brittle.  This recipe has been made by tons of RecipeGirl readers, and it has gotten the best positive reviews over the years.  Watch the short video showing you how to make peanut brittle, then scroll to the bottom and print out the recipe so you can make it at home!

Everyone loves to make it for the holidays.  Who doesn’t love peanut brittle??

Peanut Brittle

Why do kids grow up so quickly?  I can hardly stand it.  I stare at my boy and gaze at how handsome he has become.  I marvel at the adult conversations we have.  I admire his intelligence and his ability to navigate the world already.

My baby boy was 2, and all of a sudden he’s 10, and in a matter of months he’ll be turning 11.  Pretty soon the darn kid will be off to college.  And then I’ll have to mail him treats like this peanut brittle.

We’ve always said that we’re “not a nut family,” but my boys like their peanut brittle.  You could buy it in a package, already made… or you could make it yourself.  All you need is a candy thermometer and a handful of ingredients.  It may or may not be tricky.

Just relax and follow the directions, and you should have some homemade peanut brittle in about a half hour.

How to Make Peanut Brittle

How to Make Peanut Brittle:

It starts simply enough with sugar and water and corn syrup.

How to Make Peanut Brittle

Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan, being careful just to dip the thermometer into the liquid and not shoving it to the bottom of the pan where it will get a false reading.

Making Peanut Brittle

Bring the mixture to a boil.

Making Peanut Brittle

Watch the thermometer and add in the peanuts when it reaches 245 degrees F.  Continue to stir and cook the mixture until the temperature reaches 300 degrees F.

Making Peanut Brittle

Add the baking soda and continue to cook a couple more minutes until the mixture turns a golden brown.

Making Peanut Brittle

There it is:  golden brown!

Peanut Brittle on a pan

Pour it onto a greased baking sheet, and let it sit until completely cooled and hardened.

Peanut Brittle

Once cooled, jiggle a spatula underneath the peanut brittle and you should be able to lift up the whole slab and just break it apart into pieces.

This is the fun part!  It should break apart nicely into pieces, but you can certainly eat the bits that get left behind… you know, for sampling!

Peanut Brittle

It’s ready to serve and eat at this point.  If you’re saving it for later, be sure to keep it in a tightly covered container.  Humidity can greatly affect the texture of candy.  Keep it tightly covered (I keep mine in a tupperware bowl) and your peanut brittle should stay nice and crunchy.

I’m hoping that next year goes more slowly… so I can take time to enjoy my (not so little) boy and the changes in him that I see almost daily. I’m just glad my boy still wants to snuggle with his Mama, share stories… and eat my peanut brittle.

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Peanut Brittle

Great, classic recipe for Peanut Brittle.
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 servings (8 cups)
Calories 263kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy, peanut brittle

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups raw or roasted and salted peanuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (if you use raw peanuts)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

  • Spray a rimmed cookie sheet with nonstick spray.
  • Combine sugar, water and syrup in a medium-large saucepan. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil and cook at medium heat slowly to the soft ball stage (245 degrees F. on a candy thermometer), stirring gently every so often. Add 2 cups of peanuts and salt (if using). Continue to cook until the thermometer registers 300 degrees F. Add baking soda. Stir to blend and continue to cook until golden brown (just a minute or so more). Remove from heat and stir to combine.
  • Pour the hot mixture onto the prepared pan and spread it out as much as you can with a wooden spoon. Cool completely, and then break into pieces.

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Notes

  • *Keep your peanut brittle in a tightly covered container until you are ready to serve/eat it. The texture of candy can be greatly affected by the humidity in the air.
  • *If you are using a candy thermometer that clips to the side, just make sure that the bottom of the thermometer is resting inside the liquid and not pushed all the way to the bottom of the pan (you'll get a false reading if it's touching the bottom of the pan where the heat source is strongest).

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 120mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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  • Julie wrote:

    Followed the recipe to the letter, but it burnt way before it hit 300 degrees. Leaving it on a medium-high heat, the temp. wouldn’t budge off 217, so moved it to another eye and cranked it up. It burnt at about 270. Any suggestions?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I’m sorry you had trouble. Candy making can be tricky. Maybe cranking it up is where things went wrong. It’s hard to pinpoint, sorry!

  • Megan Wright wrote:

    I tried this peanut brittle recipe and it came out perfectly.

  • Rhonda wrote:

    My dad always loves thin peanut brittle, if I use a bigger cookie sheet, will it be thinner??

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      You can try! Also, just try to spread it as quickly as possible before it hardens.

  • Sharon wrote:

    Looks amazing, I was just curious instead of peanuts, can almond be substituted?

  • Tim Hughes wrote:

    Mexican vanilla adds flavor to the peanutbrittle. I don’t use candy thermometer. Cast iron skillet is what I use. Its 100 years old. Wood spoon I use
    I go by smell and sight. I freeze my butter coated pizza pan. It sets up very nicely.

  • James Scardina wrote:

    Tip
    I heat the pan just a little and use real butter in pan. It adds a great flavor. Try it

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thanks!

  • Mary Riley wrote:

    this is really good .easy to follow loved the pictures of step by step. its so good im in trouble fist time making it now im going to make it all the time

  • Nancy Worley wrote:

    I never know how to make peanut brittle thank you for the receipe.

  • Cheer wrote:

    I am wondering how different the brittle tastes when using raw versus roasted nuts. My mother always used raw but I have plenty of roasted. If you have used roasted and think its just as good please let me know.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      This recipe calls for raw or roasted/salted– so either way is fine!

  • Jocelyn wrote:

    Homemade Peanut Brittle makes the best gift for the holiday!!! I love how easy this is to make!

  • Toni wrote:

    I hadn’t had peanut brittle in SO long! Your recipes is so easy to follow especially with all the great step-by-step photos. Definitely a keeper!

  • Jennifer wrote:

    So excited to make my own peanut brittle!! One of my favorite treats!

  • Kimberly wrote:

    One of my all-time favorites, SO good!

  • Aimee Shugarman wrote:

    Homemade peanut brittle is THE BEST. And it’s so easy, thank you!

  • Valerie | Valerie’s Kitchen wrote:

    This is my dad’s favorite! So great for gift giving.