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Peanut Brittle

A picture of salty-sweet perfection, brittle is surprisingly easy to make. Serve it alongside coffee or tea for dessert, and save any leftovers for snacking. Peanuts make a classic brittle, but you can substitute cashews or almonds instead.

  • prep: 5 mins
    total time: 35 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: Ellie Miller

Ingredients

  • Unsalted butter, softened, for baking sheet
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups salted peanuts, 7 ounces
  • Vegetable oil, for spatula

Cook's Note

Use a medium-size saucepan (wider rather than taller) that does not have a nonstick coating.

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Butter a rimmed baking sheet; set aside. Stir together sugar, 1/2 cup water, and the salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over high heat, without stirring, until sugar begins to melt and turn golden, about 3 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has melted and mixture turns golden amber, about 10 minutes.

  2. Step 2

    Remove pan from heat. Stir in peanuts. Immediately pour peanut mixture onto buttered baking sheet. Quickly spread mixture to 1/2 inch thick using an oiled metal spatula. Let cool completely, about 15 minutes. Break brittle into pieces.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July

Reviews (6)

  • 4 Dec, 2013

    Easy to make. Once the brittle mixture starts to thicken and is amber colored work fast, add the peanuts and put into the greased cookie sheet. If you find you are not fast enough and it gets stuck in the pan, you can save your pan by soaking in water. It will dissolve the sugar mixture again. That will take time though. As easy a candy you can make without a candy thermometer as I can imagine.

  • 14 Dec, 2012

    Instead of putting in a greased pan, use a silicone liner to spread the brittle and you won't even have to grease it, it just simply lifts off. Wonderful!

  • 19 Dec, 2010

    This is a problem: Followed all directions to the letter, and could NOT get the mixture out of the pan. Had to throw the pan and all out.

  • 16 Nov, 2008

    Where do you buy a little hammer like that?

  • 1 Oct, 2008

    I have made this with pistachios and people just go crazy for it. I have also done almonds with almond extract and its yummy!

  • 4 Feb, 2008

    ONE YEAR FOR CHRISTMAS I GAVE ALL OUR NEIGHBORS PEANUT BRITTLE, ONLY I ADDED A COUPLE DROPS OF MINT EXTRACT. IT WASN'T 10 MINUTES AND ALL THE MEN SENT THEIR WIVES OVER FOR THE RECIPE. WOW, WISH I COULD REMEMBER JUST HOW MUCH MINT I USED, WILL HAVE TO EXPERIMENT AGAIN. HOPE YOU DO, I THINK YOU WILL LIKE ITS UNIQUE TASTE.