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Peanut Brittle is a delicious, old-fashioned, buttery treat. This peanut brittle recipe has been handed down through the generations and is always a favorite!

Peanut Brittle Recipe - Peanut Brittle is a delicious, old-fashioned, buttery treat. This peanut brittle recipe has been handed down through the generations and is always a favorite! // addapinch.com

Peanut brittle has always been a favorite in my family. I remember my Grandmother would make peanut brittle after peanut brittle right before every Christmas to give to friends as gifts. Then, Mama began making it to take to her office during the holidays and for gifts to friends and neighbors. I’d watch them as they quickly made their peanut brittle, standing at a safe distance away from the molten magic until it had cooled enough for sampling.

The peanut brittle making tradition has now come full circle.

I’ve started making it before Christmas for my family as well as to give as gifts to friends early in the holiday season. As I do, Little Buddy stands at the edge of the kitchen counter watching as a few simple ingredients quickly become a delicious, hard concoction.

He loves to be the first one to break the brittle once it has cooled and nibble on small bites, letting them melt in his mouth instead of crunching down on them like I do impatiently.

Peanut Brittle Recipe - Peanut Brittle is a delicious, old-fashioned, buttery treat. This peanut brittle recipe has been handed down through the generations and is always a favorite! // addapinch.com

Rich, buttery and absolutely delicious, this peanut brittle recipe is one that my family loves. The original recipe includes using raw peanuts in your brittle, but I’ve started cheating just a bit and using cocktail peanuts instead. I have to admit, I think I love that version even more than the original. You can decide which you prefer when you make it, but give the cocktail peanuts a try if you can.

I also recommend having a candy thermometer to make this peanut brittle. They just make candy making all that much easier.

Here my family’s heirloom recipe for peanut brittle. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

5 from 4 votes

Peanut Brittle Recipe

Dessert 25 mins

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 11
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
Peanut Brittle is a delicious, old-fashioned, buttery treat. This peanut brittle recipe has been handed down through the generations and is always a favorite!

Ingredients  

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups cocktail peanuts

Instructions 

  • Lightly butter a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
  • Add sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt to a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Stir to combine and then cook over medium heat about three minutes, do not stir. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally until mixture reaches 300º F on a candy thermometer. Immediately remove from heat and add butter, baking soda, vanilla and peanuts. Stir quickly to combine and then pour onto buttered baking sheet.
  • Spread with the back of a silicone spatula. Allow to cool completely, about 15 minutes. Break into pieces.

Notes

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can test your peanut brittle using a cold water test. Drop a small amount of the sugary syrup into a small bowl or glass of very, very cold water. The syrup with solidify, but will still easily separate into hard, brittle threads.
Makes 2 pounds. 
 

Nutritional Information

Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 328mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 60g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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For other family-favorite candy recipes, you may enjoy:

Toffee Recipe

Date Nut Roll Recipe

Southern Pralines Recipe

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Peanut Brittle Recipe - Peanut Brittle is a delicious, old-fashioned, buttery treat. This peanut brittle recipe has been handed down through the generations and is always a favorite! // addapinch.com

Originally published 2012.

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  1. If I use raw peanuts as opposed to Planters would I have to put them in sooner so that they cook? I’ve never had raw peanuts but my mom always used raw peanuts in hers.

  2. Is it okay to use regular corn syrup rather than the light kind? That’s all I have on hand right now. Don’t know that I’ve ever seen light syrup.
    Thank you, and I can’t wait to try this recipe!
    Judy

    1. I use the clear corn syrup, Judy. The brand I use is named light corn syrup. Sorry for the confusion.

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