Microwave Peanut Brittle

Microwave Peanut Brittle – no candy thermometer required! Only 6 ingredients – peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and baking soda. SO easy and SO delicious! Great for parties! Makes a great homemade gift!! #peanuts #brittle #candy

Microwave Peanut Brittle - no candy thermometer required! Only 6 ingredients - peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and baking soda. SO easy and SO delicious! Great for parties! Makes a great homemade gift!! #peanuts #brittle #candy

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This is my Mom’s recipe for peanut brittle.  It is really easy and doesn’t require a candy thermometer!  You make this brittle in the microwave!  I make this peanut brittle every year for Christmas, and everyone loves it. No one would ever know it was made in the microwave!  

This candy is very easy to make in the microwave. Start with mixing sugar and corn syrup in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the sugar mixture and then add butter, peanuts, and vanilla. Microwave the mixture again. Remove the bowl from the microwave and immediately stir in baking soda. Spread the mixture on silicone baking mat or aluminum foil to cool. Break into squares and enjoy!

Tips for Making Peanut Brittle in the Microwave

  • Have everything measured out and ready to use before making the candy.
  • Use a large glass bowl. When you add the baking soda the mixture will foam up. You need room for the candy mixture to expand.
  • I suggest a silicone baking mat (Silpat) for this recipe. It works great – the candy never sticks.
  • I used Planters Cocktail Peanuts in this recipe. Feel free to substitute raw peanuts.
  • Can use any nut you prefer – pecans or walnuts work great.
  • Drizzle cooled brittle with chocolate for a fancy treat!
  • I used Karo Light Corn Syrup.
  • Watch the candy mixture to make sure it doesn’t get too brown on the last cooking time.
  • You may have to play with the cooking times and adjust them to your microwave. All microwaves are different.

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Microwave Peanut Brittle

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Microwave Peanut Brittle – no candy thermometer required! Only 6 ingredients – peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and baking soda. SO easy and SO delicious! Great for parties! Makes a great homemade gift!! #peanuts #brittle #candy

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup (Karo Syrup)
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup cocktail peanuts
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions:

  • Combine sugar and syrup in a microwave safe bowl (I use a glass bowl), stir. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  • Add butter, vanilla and peanuts; stir. Microwave on high for 1 minute 30 seconds.
  • Remove bowl from microwave and quickly stir in baking soda.
  • Immediately pour mixture onto parchment paper, aluminum foil or a Silpat. Spread into a rectangle and let cool for 1 hour. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Notes:

  • Have everything measured out and ready to use before making the candy.
  • Use a large glass bowl. When you add the baking soda the mixture will foam up. You need room for the candy mixture to expand.
  • I suggest a silicone baking mat (Silpat) for this recipe. It works great – the candy never sticks.
  • I used Planters Cocktail Peanuts in this recipe. Feel free to substitute raw peanuts.
  • Can use any nut you prefer – pecans or walnuts work great.
  • Drizzle cooled brittle with chocolate for a fancy treat!
  • I used Karo Light Corn Syrup.
  • Watch the candy mixture to make sure it doesn’t get too brown on the last cooking time.
  • You may have to play with the cooking times and adjust them to your microwave.

Steph

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Comments

  1. Anyone have a tip on cleaning the bowl after? And can you double the recipe? Does that change the cook time? We made the first batch just now but need to make 3 more and that sugar-encrusted bowl is laughing at us.

  2. I found this recipe on pinterest. I made this (2 batches)as a gift for our Thanksgiving host-and they loved it. I am now going to make 2 more batches for a Christmas party and a gift for one of my neighbors. I love this recipe-easy to make and tastes great!

  3. so, i just tried out this recipe!!! it is SO tasty and SO easy. i had some problems getting the concoction to spread out to cool, but i just plopped it onto some parchment paper, waited an hour, and then took my meat beater to it! great way to get out some aggression too ;)! will DEF be doing this again 🙂 thank you for such a great blog! <3 from wyoming!

  4. Stephanie, I had a microwave peanut brittle recipe years ago that seems to have gotten lost. I was getting ready to Google for one, but afraid to trust just any ol version. Thanks so much for posting this.

  5. I have this same recipe and have used it for years…never has it failed me.
    Thanks for reminding me to get peanuts so I can make it for Christmas. 🙂
    xo bj
    P.S. Wish I had such a cute bowl to serve mine in. :))

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