Tried and true microwave peanut brittle

As I was saying in my earlier post, this Christmas season has been extremely busy. Speaking with friends and family I know am not alone life is moving at a frenetic pace for most people these days.

One of my most treasured Christmas treats that my mom makes is peanut brittle. I have been making this for years and years for gifts and the results have always been accolades.

What’s different about this recipe? It is actually made in the microwave! So those of you who have been apprehensive to try your hand at it for fear of the candy thermometer here is your chance. It is very very easy to make the only caution I will give is all microwaves are a little different and every baker has at least one batch that doesn’t quite turn out as you are trying to get your times right. I have included both the times for my microwave and the average times in case you have a lower watt microwave.

Try this recipe you won’t be disapointed! Want to make it different feel free to experiment. One of my current favorite variations is to add 1/2 cup crisp bacon to the recipe acheiving that perfect salty/sweet balance ’cause everything is better with bacon!

I am not sure where my mom originally got the recipe from but it has been a family favorite since 1977

Microwave peanut brittle

Peanut Brittle

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup white or golden corn syrup (golden will be a slightly darker result. I have used golden in the accompanying pictures)
1 cup roasted salted peanuts (tip if you are making the bacon variation use unsalted as the bacon will add a nice smoky saltiness on it’s own)
1 tsp butter (plus more for greasing cookie sheet)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda

Lightly grease a cookie sheet with butter.

In a large glass bowl (that will fit in your microwave) combine sugar and corn syrup.

Mix the sugar and corn syrup

Microwave 1 minute

Remove from microwave and stir in peanuts

Stir in peanuts

Return to microwave and cook for another 3-5 minutes (My microwave which is standard takes 4 minutes)

Remove from microwave and Stir in butter and vanilla

Stir in the butter and vanilla

Return to microwave and cook for 1-2 minutes more ( I cook mine for the full two)

Remove from microwave

Your peanuts will look lightly browned and the whole mixture will be extremely hot and bubbling.

Here is where the magic happens, add the baking soda and stir and the mixture will rise and get light and foamy.

Stir in the baking soda

Carefully pour the mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and slightly tilt tray to spread out mixture.

Carefully pour onto greased cookie sheet

Let harden for 1/2 hour- 1 hour.

Crack and break into pieces and enjoy or give as gifts.

Finished Peanut Brittle



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4 Responses to Tried and true microwave peanut brittle

  1. So easy and so extremely decadent. Love the fact that a microwave does all the work.

  2. Sheri says:

    SO easy & SO good. I’m going to a cookie/nut exchange this weekend and know these will be a huge hit! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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