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Peanut Brittle


This recipe has been adapted from Martha Stewart Living, October 1996.

  • Yield: Makes 2 pounds

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2005


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 1/2 cups salted, fresh roasted peanuts (about 1 pound, 7 ounces), skinned
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray


  1. Coat two 12-by-17-inch baking sheets with vegetable spray.

  2. In a heavy 5-quart saucepan with lid, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cover pot, and bring to a boil over high heat, about 5 minutes. Dissolve sugar by carefully swirling pot often over burner. Keeping lid on will prevent sugar crystals from forming; however, should crystals form, wash down sides of pot with a wet pastry brush.

  3. Once steam just begins to escape from pot, remove cover and reduce heat to medium. Insert candy thermometer, and continue to boil until temperature reaches 230 degrees (thread stage), about 1 minute.

  4. Add peanuts, stirring constantly with a metal spoon until mixture reaches 300 degrees (hard crack stage) and is a rich golden brown, 13 to 18 minutes.

  5. Immediately remove from heat, and quickly add butter, vanilla, and baking soda. Stir with a metal spoon until butter melts; mixture will become foamy. Pour half of mixture down center of each pan, spreading evenly with a spatula. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour.

  6. Turn brittle out of pan, and snap it into shards.

Cook's Notes

Store in an airtight container for several weeks.

Reviews Add a comment

  • furfurmh
    6 JAN, 2013
    yummy! had raw spanishe peanuts on hand, so roasted them following an online suggestion, and everything turned out great!
  • acfisch
    26 DEC, 2008
    This is the perfect, classic peanut brittle. I made this to give as gifts this year and my husband kept stealing pieces when I wasn't looking. Don't change a thing about the recipe and it will turn out perfectly.
  • Queenlalisa
    24 DEC, 2008
    Has anyone used raw peanuts with this recipe?
  • LittleMissBaker
    18 NOV, 2008
    The best peanut brittle I have ever had so much better then anything you can buy.
  • lynnmann
    4 FEB, 2008
    This is the best recipe ever. I love it, follow the directions to the T and you will have the best brittle ever! Better than any brittle you can buy.
  • dorian
    13 DEC, 2007
    The best recipe for peanut brittle!!! Love it!!!