Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Microwave Peanut Brittle

I've been making this candy for years and it's a quick and easy recipe.  Makes a nice gift.

It's really important that you read this recipe all the way through before you start.  You have to move pretty quickly because the whole thing sets up really fast.  I make sure I have everything measured and ready to go before I begin.

Here's what you need:

1 c. sugar
½ c. light corn syrup
1 c. spanish peanuts
⅛ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda

I use my 8 cup Pyrex measuring bowl for this because it has a handle and it's much easy to pour out using the handle when it's hot!  And Man, Oh Man, does it get hot!

Butter a cookie sheet and place in an oven warmed to 150 degrees for about 5 minutes. This will help the peanut brittle to spread easier.

Combine sugar and corn syrup in a glass microwave safe bowl ( I spray mine with Pam first so it's easier to clean up). Mix well and microwave on high for 4 minutes.

Remove bowl and stir, add peanuts and salt and stir again. Place back in the microwave for 3 minutes.

Stir in butter and vanilla and microwave for 1 minute.

Remove the bowl and stir in the baking soda and immediately spread thinly onto the cookie sheet.

Cool and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Cook the full amount of time or the brittle will come out chewy.

Keep out of reach of husband if you're giving these as gifts.


Corners of My Life said...

As soon as I saw the word microwave I was interested. I have a brittle recipe that says "cook until one shade lighter than brown sugar" - not exactly an exact science. I will try your instead!

Kris said...

Yep...same exact recipe I use. LOVE your canisters!!! Happy Christmas friend!

Lissa said...

my great aunt used to always mail us peanut brittle. It always makes me think of her. Merry Christmas!

Tammy said...

Yummy! I made it one year. That stuff sets so quick! lol

Cindy said...

Thanks for sharing. Peanut Brittle always make me remember being a child at my Grandma's house during the holidays. Have great holidays my friend!!!

Melynda said...

What a great recipe! Peanut brittle is such a happy candy, how can anyone be mad with peanut brittle!? Have the best holidays ever. Merry Christmas.

Tammy said...

BTW. . . . I love you canisters!!!

Beverly@Beverly's Back Porch said...

This is the only microwave peanut brittle that actually works for me. Thanks.

Melissa said...

Sounds good to me! My husband's first words, though, would be "Yeah, that's just what we need with all our dental work." LOL

Melynda said...

I am running late with this message but, sharing this great recipe on my Wednesday post! (but hey, you already knew!)