Made with just 6 ingredients, this Peanut Brittle is thin and crispy with a nutty, caramel-like flavor. This easy brittle recipe is prepared in the microwave - no stovetop required - and makes a great edible gift for the holidays!
Prep Time: 5mins
Cook Time: 8mins
Chill Time: 1hr
Total Time: 1hr13mins
1cuproasted salted peanuts
1teaspoon baking soda
Line a sheet pan with a silicone mat or parchment paper.
In a 3-quart glass mixing bowl, stir together the sugar and corn syrup. Microwave the sugar mixture on high for 4 minutes, then carefully remove it from the microwave. Stir in the peanuts and place it back in the microwave for 3 to 4 minutes until the sugar syrup is light brown. Add in the butter and vanilla extract and microwave for 1 more minute. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir in the baking soda.
Immediately pour the brittle mixture onto the prepared sheet pan and spread it out with a rubber spatula, making sure not to spill the very hot mixture.
Allow the brittle to cool until it's hardened, at least 1 hour.
Break the brittle into small pieces and enjoy. Also makes a great edible gift!
Note that microwave times may vary. Every microwave is different, depending on the wattage, so keep an eye on the mixture to ensure that it doesn't burn.Be sure to fully heat the mixture. While you don't want to burn the brittle mixture, it's critical that it reaches a high temperature. Otherwise, it won't harden once you transfer it to the baking sheet and it may be chewy.Work quickly. Once you stir in the baking soda, you must immediately pour it over the prepared baking sheet. It's essential that the baking sheet is prepared in advance so it's ready as soon as the mixture is.Can I use any type of nut in this recipe? Absolutely. Other favorites include hazelnuts, pecans, and almonds.To store. Once it has cooled completely and been broken into smaller pieces, just store it in an airtight container at room temperature. It will last for up to 6 weeks - just keep it out of sunlight or heat, and away from moisture.
Nutritional information given is an automatic calculation and can vary based on the exact products you use and any changes you make to the recipe. If these numbers are very important to you, I would recommend calculating them yourself.