Peanut Brittle Recipes

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This well liked confection can be made fresh at home. This page contains peanut brittle recipes.


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Not a cookie, but a wonderful present to give with its variety of delicious nuts.


  • butter for greasing
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 cup cocktail peanuts
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 Tbsp. butter (do not use margarine)


Generously grease a large cookie sheet and wooden spoon with butter. In a large saucepan, heat the corn syrup, sugar, and water to boiling, stirring frequently. Constantly stir and let boil 10 to 15 minutes, until mixture reaches 230 - 234 degrees F on candy thermometer, and forms a long thread when spoon is lifted and held above pan. Stir in nuts and cook 10 - 15 minutes longer, until nuts turn golden brown and mixture reaches 300 degrees.


Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the vanilla and baking soda and mix until soda is dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla mixture and butter. Quickly pour out onto cookie sheet and smooth the top with the back of the buttered spoon to fill the pan. Cool about 20 minutes, then break into 1 inch pieces.

Source: Gloria Pleva Kacik with the "Royalton Recorder" of North Royalton, OH

Our local newspaper runs really good recipes. This issue has cookies that sound so good. The readership is small, and these recipes should be shared.

By Free2B from North Royalton, OH

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January 30, 2014

We received a gift of peanut brittle but were were concerned about biting into it because it was thick and very hard. Not wanting to waste it, I put it in the food processor and pulsed it until it was about cornmeal consistency.


It is delicious sprinkled on ice cream, especially butter pecan. It is also good on buttered pancakes. Yum!

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A favorite of my mom's. She made it every Christmas!



Bring to a good boil sugar, syrup and hot water. Add raw peanuts and stir often until 310 degrees F. Remove and add margarine, vanilla, and burnt sugar flavoring. Stir in (now be careful), add the soda but only stir until it starts turning lighter then stop. Don't over-stir! Pour into large cookie sheet or very large pizza pan.


By Robin from Washington, IA

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Boil sugar, Karo syrup, and water until candy reaches soft ball stage, 238 degrees F on candy thermometer. Add peanuts. Cook until peanuts brown. Stir constantly so candy will not burn.

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My mom used to make this each year at Christmas! Great peanut brittle recipe.

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December 3, 2005

How do you make peanut brittle?

Joann from Ohio


By vickie morgan (Guest Post)
December 4, 20050 found this helpful

my receipe for peanut brittle
3 cups sugar
1 cup caro syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup water


bring to boil until temp reads 260 degrees
then add
2 tblsp butter
1 cup of nuts
boil until temp reads 300 degrees
take off heat add 2 tblsp of soda 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp of butter
stir real fast and pour onto cookie sheets
break up after cools

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December 4, 20050 found this helpful

Microwave Peanut Brittle in 10 minutes
1 1/2 cups raw peanuts
cup sugar
1/2 cup white syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
stir microwave 4 minutes take out stir, microwave 4 more minutes take out stir, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and tablespoon butter microwave 2 minutes.
Take out stir 1 teaspoon baking soda in pour fast on a greased cookie sheet. Store in air tight container.

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By Carol from Lancaster PA (Guest Post)
December 4, 20050 found this helpful

1 cup light corn syrup (Karo)
1 cup sugar
1 T. butter
3/4 tsp. salt


1 (10 oz.) bag raw peanuts
Combine ingredients (except peanuts.) Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Add peanuts. Stir constantly until peanuts become light brown. Remove from heat. Quickly stir in 1 tsp. baking soda and spread thinly on greased shallow pan or cookie sheet. Break when cool. It takes about 15-20 min. for peanuts to brown.

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By 2Gmom (Guest Post)
December 6, 20050 found this helpful

Cinnamon Peanut Brittle

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
2 cups peanuts
1 tsp. butter (no substitutes)
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Combine sugar and corn syrup in large microwave safe bowl. Heat, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes. Stir and heat 3 minutles longer. Stir in peanuts, butter and cinnamon. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 45 seconds. Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla. Immediately pour onto a greased baking sheet and spread out with metal spoon. Regrigerate for 20 minutes.

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By Gayle Clawson (Guest Post)
December 16, 20070 found this helpful

A candy thermometer will be very helpful here. Bring to a boil a half cup water, then add 2 cups sugar and 1 cup white Karo syrup and bring to a boil stirring well, cooking to thread stage, about 230 degrees F. Add 8 oz package of raw peanuts. Cook until a golden brown, about 300 degrees F.

Remove from heat and add 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix well and then stir in 3 3.5 teaspoons baking soda rapidly. Immediately pour onto well buttered cookie sheets. For a thicker foamy brittle, do not disturb after pouring. Spreading will cause brittle to collapse and be thin. Whichever you prefer, will taste the same but is much easier to chew if left foamy. Let cool then break into pieces, enjoy.

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December 13, 2010


  • 1 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. soda


Stir together peanuts, sugar, syrup and salt in 1 1/2 quart casserole. Place in microwave oven and cook 7 1/2 minutes on high. Stir well after 4 minutes. At the end of 7 1/2 minutes, cook 1 1/2 minutes more. Peanuts will be lightly browned and syrup very hot.

Add soda and gently stir until light and foamy. Pour mixture onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Let cool 1/2-1 hour.

When cool, break into small pieces and store in airtight container. Makes about 1 pound.

By Robin from Washington, IA

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April 14, 2010


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lb. raw peanuts
  • 1 Tbsp. soda
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter


Mix sugar, syrup and water and boil until hard ball will form when sample is tested in ice water. Add butter and peanuts without removing brown skins. Stir constantly and cook mixture until it turns a light brown and peanut skins pop open. Remove from heat, add vanilla and soda stirring rapidly. Pour onto a greased surface and stretch candy as thin as possible. When cool, break into pieces.

By Robin from Washington, IA


Peanut Brittle

Consider making it in the microwave. faster and no fail

Microwave Peanut Brittle

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1 tsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

    Combine sugar and corn syrup and microwave on HI for 4 minutes. Add peanuts and microwave on HI for 4 minutes again. Stir in butter and vanilla. Blend well and microwave for 1 minute longer. Add soda and stir fast, but not too long.

    Turn out on well greased (PAM) jelly roll pan. Let cool and break into pieces. (01/29/2010)

    By Wisgal

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January 27, 2010


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups raw Spanish peanuts
  • Butter or margarine (size of a walnut)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. baking soda


Place sugar and water in a large cast iron skillet and boil until a drop hardens quickly when placed in cold water. Reduce heat and add peanuts. Cool until peanuts are done. (Test in cold water.) Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla and stir. Let cool 3 minutes. Sprinkle soda over top and stir quickly. Pour on buttered cookie sheet. (Do not stir after pouring from skillet.)

By Robin

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