This Microwave Peanut Brittle is quick, easy and makes a perfect gift for family and friends. Sweet mixes with salty for the perfect bite every time!
My Dad was a huge peanut brittle fanatic. The man loved all things brittle. So, I grew up with a huge appreciation for the stuff.
This girl loves ALL candy. I’m sure that sounds like a normal statement from anyone in the world. Seriously, I think everyone loves it.
Honestly though, pretty sure I love it a little too much. I’m clearly obsessed with candy. In fact, sometimes I think I’m an 8 year old kid trapped in a grown up body!
What is peanut brittle
- Peanut brittle is a confection made with sugar, corn syrup, peanuts and butter. It’s a hard candy that you break into pieces to eat.
Options for making peanut brittle
- Brittle is traditionally made on the stovetop in a large pot. You will need a candy thermometer when making it this way. Typically you wait for the mixture to hit between 290 – 300 degrees F.
- You can also make it in the microwave. It’s a quick and easy way to make peanut brittle without a lot of fuss.
- Sugar – I used granulated sugar for this recipe.
- Corn syrup – For this recipe, I used light corn syrup. It’s a must for peanut brittle.
- Peanuts – I used roasted and salted peanuts. You can use unsalted peanuts if you prefer.
- Butter – You can use unsalted or salted butter for this brittle.
- Vanilla – I used vanilla extract for this recipe. It’s the only option for this one, in my opinion.
- Baking soda – This is a required ingredient. Do not omit or adjust this one.
- Sugar – I used Demerara sugar to sprinkle on the top of the peanut brittle. This is completely optional.
Be sure to scroll to the recipe card for FULL ingredients and directions!
- Take out your pan of choice.
- Combine sugar and corn syrup in a microwave safe measuring cup.
- Place the measuring cup in the microwave and cook for 4 minutes.
- Remove the measuring cup and add peanuts, pop back in the microwave to cook for another 3 minutes.
- Again, remove the measuring cup from the microwave, add butter and vanilla. It may bubble up, that’s normal. Then, place back in the microwave and cook for 1 minute.
- Lastly, add the baking soda to the measuring cup and mix while the foaming slows down.
- Pour onto a cookie sheet then smooth out.
- If desired, you can toss some Demerara sugar over top.
- Allow the candy to cool completely.
- Break into pieces.
- Serve or store!
Other types of nuts you can use
- toasted pumpkin seeds
How to Store
- First of all, make sure you allow the brittle to cool completely before storing. Store in an air tight container at room temperature. Wrap brittle in waxed paper or plastic wrap to keep it from sticking together. It can be stored this way for 6 to 8 weeks.
- Do NOT store in the fridge. Storing in the fridge will cause moisture issues that will soften the brittle.
- However, you can store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. Be sure to allow the peanut brittle to cool completely before wrapping and storing.
More great candy recipes
- Oreo Bark
- Chocolate Caramel Pecan Candies aka Turtles
- Red Velvet Fudge
- Microwave Pistachio Brittle
- Peanut Butter Fudge topped with Chocolate and Mini Peanut Butter Cups
- Cream Cheese Candies
- Brown Sugar Fudge
- Old Fashioned Pink Popcorn
Places to stalk Cravings of a Lunatic
- 2 tsp Demerara sugar
- CAUTION: Make sure you are super careful not to touch the liquid during the cooking process, and do NOT lick the spoon. It's wicked hot and can burn. I know it's tempting but don't do it!!
- Place a rimmed cookie sheet aside for the finished candy.
- In a large glass measuring cup, or microwave safe container, combine sugar and corn syrup. Stir with a spoon.
- Place the measuring cup in the microwave and cook for 4 minutes. The mixture is going to get extremely hot so don't touch the mixture by accident, or on purpose. Use your noggins, peeps.
- Remove the measuring cup from the microwave and add the peanuts to the measuring cup and microwave on high heat for 3 minutes. Again, don't touch the mixture, it's flipping hot!
- Next, remove the measuring cup from the microwave and add butter and vanilla, it may bubble up, it's okay, just stir until well combined. Place back in the microwave and cook on high for 1 minute. Again, do not touch it, this stuff is piping hot.
- Now add the baking soda to the measuring cup and mix for about 20 to 30 seconds while the foaming slows down. Once it's all settled you can pour it onto an ungreased cookie sheet, or large pan. Smooth out with a scraper or the back of a spoon. I spray the back of a spoon with non-stick spray then smooth mine. If desired you can toss some demerara sugar over top of the surface. Allow the candy to cool completely.
- Cut with a knife or a toffee hammer to break the peanut brittle into pieces. You can eat it right away or store it in airtight container.
- Serve with a big old candy loving smile!
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