Saturday, December 10, 2011

Microwave Peanut Brittle

 On the 11th day of our Christmas treats.......Microwave Peanut Brittle!!!
I was so excited when I found this recipe!  EASY and FAST!!  However, make with caution!  It is very easy to burn.  Every microwave is different even ones with the same wattage.  Make sure you use a GLASS microwavable dish and a wooden spoon.  And be prepared, you will need to work fast!  You will have to play with this recipe to figure it out.  But EVERYONE says it is the best peanut brittle recipe ever!  One person called it “crack candy” so good and so addictive!!  

1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup salted peanuts
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda

Butter a cookie sheet (or use parchment paper for easier clean up). Combine sugar and corn syrup in a 2 quart glass bowl and microwave (800watts) on high 4 minutes. Stir in peanuts and microwave on high 3 1/2 minutes more, then stir in butter and vanilla and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. 

Quickly stir in baking soda until light and foamy. Pour onto cookie sheet with a spatula sprayed with Pam, and spread thin. Cool completely and break into pieces and serve. 

If your microwave has a higher wattage cut the cooking time by 30 seconds.

But just in case you don't want to risk making the Microwave Peanut Brittle, here is a regular recipe too!

Really both of these are SUPER YUMMY!!!

Best Peanut Brittle


1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup water
1 cup peanuts
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon baking soda


Grease a large cookie sheet. Set aside.
In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, over medium heat, bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, salt, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Stir in peanuts. Set candy thermometer in place, and continue cooking. Stir frequently until temperature reaches 300 degrees F (150 degrees C), or until a small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water separates into hard and brittle threads.

Remove from heat; immediately stir in butter and baking soda; pour at once onto cookie sheet. With 2 forks, lift and pull peanut mixture into rectangle about 14x12 inches; cool. Snap candy into pieces.

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