December 13, 2008

Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle

food-057Peanut brittle is one of my favorite candies to enjoy at Christmas-time. It also happens to be a relatively simple treat to make. Only trouble is, I can’t keep from eating it as I’m making little “goodie” bags for family and friends! This recipe is adapted from an old Bon Appetit recipe.

3 cups sugar

2 cups water

¾ c light corn syrup

¾ c dark corn syrup

½ t salt

4 cups raw Spanish peanuts

2 T unsalted butter

1 T baking soda

1 t vanilla extract


Butter 2 heavy large baking sheets. Stir first 4 ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to high, and boil without stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 260 degrees, about 40 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Mix in peanuts, salt, and butter and cook until thermometer reaches 295 degrees, stirring constantly, about 15 minutes. Add baking soda and vanilla and stir briskly. Immediately pour onto prepared baking sheets, dividing evenly. Spread brittle out as thinly as possible. Let stand until cold and hard. Break brittle into pieces. Store in airtight containers at room temperature.

5 Responses to “Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle”

  1. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

  2. I think you and I are on the same track. Go with the crunchy, sugary, irresistible treats. I don’t think I’ve ever made peanut brittle but I will have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Alta–Your brittle is beautiful. That would be the perfect gift for me, because it’s something I never buy, but thoroughly enjoy eating. I don’t buy it because I can’t stop eating it! But, if it was a gift …


  4. I love peanut brittle. I also make one using pistachios instead of peanuts. It’s really yummy…

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