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Peanut Brittle

  • Servings: 8
Peanut Brittle

Source: Martha Stewart Living


  • Unsalted butter, room temperature, for baking sheet
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 1/2 cups unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Vegetable oil, for spatula


  1. Butter a 9-by-13-inch rimmed baking sheet; set aside. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, water, corn syrup, and salt to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved.

  2. Continue cooking, without stirring, until mixture reaches the soft-ball stage on a candy thermometer (238 degrees to 240 degrees), swirling pan occasionally; wash down sides of pan with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent crystals from forming. Stir in nuts, and continue cooking, stirring frequently to prevent nuts from burning, until mixture is light amber.

  3. Remove pan from heat; carefully stir in vanilla and baking soda (mixture will foam up in pan). Pour onto prepared baking sheet; quickly spread into a 1/2-inch-thick layer with an oiled metal spatula. Let stand until completely cool.

  4. Break brittle into large pieces.

Reviews (29)

  • mykele 7 Oct, 2009

    Ashleigh and Joannea send request to and
    I will send recipe...............Mykele

  • mosesash 16 Feb, 2009

    Mykele - would you please email me your peanut brittle recipe? Thanks. ashleigh.moses@

  • borabora 7 Feb, 2009

    Sounds like a must have! Mykele me too...please. Thank You.

  • tastytates 4 Feb, 2009

    Mykele, could you PLEASE send me your famous recipe for Peanut Brittle at my email address, I can't wait to try it. Thank you so much.

  • mykele 30 Jan, 2009

    This is a thankyou to all who asked for my microwave recipe
    ..including some from Australia and Israel!! Hope you all
    had sucess................Mykel

  • whit5 7 Jan, 2009

    People look in your cook books you will find all kinds of recipes for peanut brittle, I never make it , I leave it to my sister who makes it every year and hers turns out perfect every time. You have to quickly spread it thin. And you need a good candy thermometer.

  • mykele 6 Jan, 2009

    Fredrikke, just tried the recipe and didn't spread out the brittle
    as you suggested...the result is a foam like structure inside
    and a very fragile product that crumbles too easily and the
    flavor is also affected so I will keep on spreading the mixture
    out as thin as possible for true brittle texture and results.
    My friends always claim it to be the perfect peanut brittle.

  • Fredrikke 30 Dec, 2008

    The ingredient amounts are quite different from my recipe of 43 years. One thing I can share with anyone who makes peanute brittle is do not spread the brittle after pouring. Leave it alone. Let it bubble. The air pockets make it brittle and easy on the teeth. If you spread the candy iit will become extremely hard and solid. The air bubbles make it 'brittle' which means it breaks very easily. Another tip: If it is humid or rainy, the candy will not tack out.

  • kim7557 27 Dec, 2008

    Hi Mykele: I would love to try your recipie. My email is Thanks so much.

  • mykele 26 Dec, 2008

    cstockard76, your e-mail address was invalid and svsweets and
    queen lawlisa, I cannot e-mail without an address.. Mykele

  • malibu1111 26 Dec, 2008

    I'm confused!?!?! Are people commenting on this one, or something else?

  • elisehannon 26 Dec, 2008

    I agree! Did anyone make this as is?

  • elisehannon 26 Dec, 2008

    are you kidding? I was looking to see comments on this recipe and all I see are people asking for another one. Did anyone make the one printed here? GEEZ!!!

  • anicra 26 Dec, 2008

    mykele...also please send me the recipe! Thanks and happy holidays to you and yours! Can't wait to try your recipe. Thank you in advance!!

  • purr1358 26 Dec, 2008

    mykele...also please send me the recipe! Thanks and happy holidays to you and yours from Calgary Alberta Canada!

  • Carrol 25 Dec, 2008

    Thanks mykele and Merry Christmas to you and yours from Mountain City, TN

  • mykele 24 Dec, 2008

    I was amazed at the number of requests. I can only fwd the
    recipe to your e-mail addresses. I don't know how to post the
    recipe on the website......probably not a welcome action from
    MWS group. It is Christmas eve and I need to knock off to finish wrapping.
    Notice to all with microwaves over 1300 wa tts to adjust cooking time
    a bit lower to prevent burning. Myke,,,,,,, Merry Christmas from
    Fort Collins Colorado

  • jazzyl1954 24 Dec, 2008

    The MW recipe is: Cook 1 C sugar, 1/2 C corn syrup and a pinch of salt for 2 minutes, uncovered, in a pyrex 2 QT bowl. Stir. Repeat cooking 2 minutes and stirring for 6minutes. Add peanuts. Cook two minutes. If the brittle is not light amber, cook another minute. Add 1 T butter, 1 t soda and 1 t vanilla. Stir until butter melts. Quickly pour onto buttered, heated cookie sheet and spread thinly. I use raw peanuts and add them from the start. For a treat, add a pinch of cayenne pepper.

  • jbowan9250 24 Dec, 2008

    mykele...also please send me the recipe!
    Thanks and happy holidays to you and yours!

  • sbravos 24 Dec, 2008

    mykele would u send me the recipe too PLEASE? my email is Have a very happy holiday!

  • Queenlalisa 24 Dec, 2008

    Please post the recipe here for microwave brittle! Thanks! Sounds good.

  • svsweets 24 Dec, 2008

    I would love a copy as well mykele! that sonunds perfect for a few last minute gifts!

  • misscherie 24 Dec, 2008

    mykele would you please send me your recipe also to I have friends serving overseas that would love it. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas

  • grannycooks 24 Dec, 2008

    .Mykele would you send your recipe to thank you and Merry Christmas.

  • BiancaHorkan 24 Dec, 2008

    mykele your recipe sounds awesome too. I'd love a copy please. Thanks

  • makemefood 24 Dec, 2008

    I would love the recipe too! I love peanut brittle and that recipe sounds fabulous! my email address is thank you and Merry Christmas!

  • mykele 24 Dec, 2008

    Carol, please e-mail me at and I will
    send the recipe to you. I promise to not do any nutty
    fwding to you after. Mykele

  • Carrol 24 Dec, 2008

    I would love your recipe mykele. Am planning to send some to my niece in Iraq.

  • mykele 24 Dec, 2008

    I can make 1 pound of brittle in less than 10 minutes in my
    microwave for less than $1.00......Only use 1 cup sugar and
    1/2 cup of syrup.....i cup salted dry roasted or honey roasted
    peanutes..... The receipients always want them every year.
    I have made 25 pounds this year so far. 1/2 inch thick is
    too thick.

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