As I was preparing to do my holiday baking and cooking, King Arthur Flour posted a recipe for Microwave Peanut Brittle. The recipe sounded perfect. I love making candy to gift for the holidays because it ships well and stays good for a long time. However, although candy-making can deceptively simple – you boil sugar water to a given temperature, then add things – it can also be time-consuming and prone to failure. I did not want time-consuming when I would make 3 batches of brittle to include with my other baking, but this recipe took no more than 20 minutes to make. Perfect.
I’ve made peanut brittle a few times, since it happens to be a favorite of my dad’s. This recipe is my favorite one yet.
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup corn syrup
- 1½ cup roasted peanuts (unsalted or salted)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- salt for sprinkling (if using unsalted peanuts)
- Stir to combine sugar and corn syrup in a large microwave-safe bowl. A glass bowl works best. I used an 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup. The mixture should fill no more than ⅓ of the bowl.
- Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
- While the mixture microwaves, spray a baking sheet with cooking spray or line with parchment. Spray a wooden spoon or spatula for stirring and spreading. Also, make sure the rest of your ingredients are in place.
- Add peanuts and butter to the sugar mixture, then stir to combine well.
- Microwave bowl again on high for 2-4 minutes, until the mixture reaches a caramel color - a dark golden brown. This time will vary depending on the power of your microwave. Mine was ready at 3 minutes.
- Add baking soda and vanilla and stir vigorously. The mixture will foam up.
- Quickly pour the candy onto the prepared sheet. Spread the candy out as evenly as possible. Sprinkle with salt if you used unsalted peanuts.
- Let cool completely (30-60 minutes) before breaking into pieces.
The peanut brittle was really, really good. It was not hard to bite into like most brittle, and was a little sandy when you chewed it. The brittle was very sweet, of course, but it was also richer than most brittles. The sweetness was balanced well by the amount of peanuts in it; Alex and I both thought it was more peanutty than other peanut brittles we’ve had. I bought unsalted peanuts and sprinkled salt on top, which also helped balance the candy.
This was a great recipe. It was quick and easy to make, and is so much better than any other peanut brittle recipe I’ve tried. I highly recommend you give it a try sometime.