Mom’s Best Peanut Brittle Recipe
Peanut Brittle is my dads favorite Christmas Candy. My mom made it every year growing up and even though I wasn’t a huge fan back then, I can sure appreciate it as an adult.
I like the crisp crunch and the peanut flavor throughout. It’s tasty and after trying a few different recipes, I’ve come to the conclusion that my moms really is THE BEST!
Peanut Brittle is made from very basic ingredients and you don’t have to have a candy thermometer to make it. Sure, you can use a thermometer, but if you don’t have one, you don’t need to feel stressed about messing this up. Just follow the instructions and it will turn out great.
Peanut Brittle is relatively inexpensive to make and makes a great gift for teachers or neighbors. Package it up in a cute bag with a ribbon or add a few pieces to a treat plate.
Favorite Christmas Recipes
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup Karo Syrup (light)
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups raw peanuts
- ¼ cup butter
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla
- extra butter for greasing cookie sheet
- Grease a cookie sheet with butter and set it aside.
- Combine butter, baking soda and vanilla in a bowl and set aside
- Combine sugar, Karo and water in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Cook until mixture spins a thread when drizzled from your spoon. Sounds crazy but you'll know what I am talking about when it happens.
- Add peanuts and stir while cooking until mixture turns light brown (approx same color as a paper bag)
- Add the bowl of butter, baking soda and vanilla that you prepared and set aside earlier.
- Mix until butter is melted and mixture is foam-y from the baking soda, Pour out onto your prepared cookie sheet and use to forks to spread it out as thinly as you can (approx ¼")
- Let cool completely and use a butter knife to break it into pieces. (see picture below)