In the Kitchen

Peanut Brittle

November 08, 2021

Inspired by my Christmas book, Dear Santa, this crunchy, buttery Peanut Brittle is a much-anticipated Christmas treat around here. It’s airy, crispy texture, combined with sweet and salty flavors isn’t hard to achieve with some stirring and patience. Soon you’ll have a delicious treat to share for the holidays.
2 Peanut BrittleIn a large, deep pot, bring the sugar, corn syrup and water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once boiling, add the butter and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to 280°F on a candy thermometer, 15 – 20 minutes.
3 Peanut BrittleSlowly stir in the peanuts and continue to cook for 5 – 10 more minutes, until mixture reaches 305°F. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the baking soda (it will foam up).
1 Peanut BrittlePour onto parchment-lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Cool completely, then break into pieces.


Peanut Brittle
Makes about 2 ½ pounds

2 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
½ cup water
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cubed
2 ¼ cups roasted, salted peanuts
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper so it hangs over all sides. Set aside.

In a large, deep pot, bring the sugar, corn syrup and water to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Once boiling, add the butter and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to 280°F on a candy thermometer, 15 – 20 minutes.

Slowly stir in the peanuts and continue to cook for 5 – 10 more minutes, until mixture reaches 305°F.

Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the baking soda (it will foam up). Pour onto parchment-lined baking sheet and spread into an even layer. Cool completely, then break into pieces.


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