Peanut Brittle

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Here is the most delicious and easiest peanut brittle recipe for all candy lovers out there.


This is my late mom's recipe from the early 1960s and also was my Dad's favorite candy of all time.


Mom would make several batches during the holiday season for dad and gift-giving.


You can use any kind of nuts you prefer they all come out great, salted or unsalted.


This peanut brittle is truly addicting and it's always made every holiday season around Christmas time.


We love making assorted candy like peanut butter candy and Amaretto Fudge along with baked caramel corn for an assorted tower of tins filled for gifts!


Gifts from the heart are always the best and quite a money saver when you're on a budget.


I have used almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, mixed nuts, cashews, and pistachios!


Sometimes I would ever use a combination of all of them.


They all make a delicious buttery, brittle and everyone always asks for it or wants the recipe.


Don't be intimidated by making candy, it's much easier to make than you think.


Just follow my easy tips for the perfect batch.


Scroll down and print off this recipe and try this and watch it disappear quickly when you share this candy with friends and family members.




homemade buttery peanut brittle and how to make this vintage recipe







Candy Making



Having to use a candy thermometer for candy making is just a little bit intimidating, believe me I know.


Growing up, I would watch mom make this brittle, and think wow that's so complicated and hard just seeing this tool.


Well, the good news is, it's not difficult and the candy thermometer is a must-have tool to have a successful peanut brittle.


I have tried the cold water test where you add a little hot mixture while boiling the syrup for this candy into a cup of ice water and if it immediately looks like hard glass it was done.


It was hit and miss with that method!


That really didn't work for me when I didn't have the proper tools, the candy still wasn't hard enough when it set and I would have to try cooking it again, and I would usually burn the candy syrup!


So in closing on this subject, GET a candy thermometer and save yourself the aggravation!




homemade buttery peanut brittle and how to make this vintage recipe




Don't Walk AwayWhile Cooking!!



One thing I learned through the years that really important, do not answer the phone, walk away from the stove or get distracted.


When the temperature hits the right stage and degrees, it can turn to burnt quickly if you don't pay absolute close attention.


There is nothing worse than burnt peanut brittle in your pan, I honestly have had to throw out my pan once and the smell of it was horrible!


Also, prepare a cookie sheet by buttering it or line it with parchment paper ahead of time.


You want everything ready when the candy is completed cooking.


Be very careful when pouring it and wear oven mitts as well.


Let this mixture cool completely before tasting it, the candy will burn your mouth it's very hot!




homemade buttery peanut brittle and how to make this vintage recipe







After It's Cooled



You can break this easily after it's cooled.


I like all different sized pieces and shapes.


You can decide to break it up with your hands or use a rubber mallet to smash it.


If you do use the mallet put it in a plastic heavy-duty bag over the brittle first to prevent it flying.






homemade buttery peanut brittle and how to make this vintage recipe



Tips



  • Always use a candy thermometer
  • Don't over add ingredients, measure everything to exact amounts
  • The crack stage at 300 degrees is very important so pay close attention to this temperature
  • Assorted nuts make a great nut brittle and you can also drizzle it with melted chocolate
  • My favorite to use are almonds, macadamia nuts, and pistachios.
  • Cool completely before breaking it up
  • Store in tins, not plastic 
  • This can be made with non-salted nuts or salted nuts.
  • Do not double the recipe
  • It also makes great gifts around the Christmas Holiday



buttery homemade peanut brittle and old recipe and easy to make this is on parchment paper so it won't stick



Ingredients You Will Need to Make Peanut Brittle

(for exact measurements, scroll to the recipe card below and print it off)

  • sugar
  • water
  • corn syrup (white)
  • baking soda
  • butter
  • pure vanilla
  • salted roasted peanuts  or other nuts (you can use raw peanuts if you do then add around 1/4 teaspoon salt in with the sugar stage of this recipe and before adding the raw peanuts.)




buttery homemade peanut brittle and old recipe and easy to make this is on parchment paper so it won't stick




Tools You Will Need


  • Oven mitts
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Parchment Paper
  • Butter Spray
  • Heavy-duty deep saucepan
  • Wooden spoon ( easier to clean and if you use silicon check to see how high it will sustain the heat
  • Measuring spoons and cups
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Pretty Gift Tins







buttery homemade peanut brittle and old recipe and easy to make this is on parchment paper so it won't stick



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Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Yield: Around 2 pounds
Author:
prep time: 16 Mcook time: 25 Mtotal time: 41 M
This is a buttery homemade peanut brittle. So easy you will never buy store-bought again! Perfect for gift-giving around the holidays and delicious anytime to snack on!

ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 water
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup (white)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups salted roasted peanuts (however you can use raw peanuts if you do then add around 1/4 teaspoon salt in with the sugar stage of this recipe and before adding the raw peanuts.)

instructions:

How to cook Peanut Brittle

  1. Using a heavy-duty saucepan (nonstick) and a wooden spoon for stirring, add in corn syrup, sugar, and water.
  2. Use the low setting on your stove.
  3. Mine is number 2.
  4. Put a candy thermometer in place and keep stirring until this syrup reaches 250 degrees.
  5. Add the peanuts and continue stirring until the thermometer reads 300 degrees.
  6. Take off heat, add the butter, baking soda and vanilla until blended.
  7. Pour onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet spreading out as thin as possible.
  8. Cool completely. Break apart with hands or by using a rubber mallet.
  9. Store in a tin or glass jar covered tightly. 

NOTES:

Make sure you follow the candy thermometer cooking times perfectly. You will need to have a pan that the candy thermometer reaches to the bubbling mixture accurately so the pan should be around 3 to 4 quart in size.
Also, use a non-stick pan for cooking in and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper to pour the brittle on.
Calories
125
Fat (grams)
22
Sat. Fat (grams)
11
Carbs (grams)
22
Net carbs
10
Sugar (grams)
27
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 this is a buttery homemade peanut brittle and old recipe and easy to make this is on parchment paper so it won't stick







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tins of candy in a tower for gift giving




Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2013. It was edited and re-published in 2019.

11 comments

  1. The sweet-salty combo makes this EVEN better! Will add to my holiday sweets this year!!!

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  2. That would make a really super Christmas gift. I must give it a go. Sharing this.

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  3. Love the idea of using salted peanuts. There is just something about that salt sweet combo :-)

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  4. I'm such a sucker for sweet and salty combos so I know I'd love this! So perfect for a homemade foodie gift over the holidays too :)

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  5. Great quick and easy recipe! Love the flavor combination of this sweet treat!

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  6. Oh my gosh these are my kind of desserts! Salty sweet! I have a candy thermometer on my wish list this year!

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  7. Sweet, salty, crunch - best thing ever! This would easily be the best Christmas gift too. Looks absolutely delicious!

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  8. Oh, my, this brings back such sweet reminders! My sweet Mother-in-Law would make 100 pounds of peanut brittle every holiday season. They would then give it away. We were the proud recipients of her delicious candy. I never did get the recipe. I'll try yours out for sure. It doesn't quite seem like the holidays without the peanut brittle.

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  9. My father in law loves peanut brittle and we are always looking for new recipes to try. I can't wait to get this one made and tasted!

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  10. I love the amount of peanuts in yours.

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  11. So glad you shared this again, Claudia! Your peanut brittle looks PERFECT!!

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