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

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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. Brittle can be stored in an airtight container, up to 2 weeks.

Cook's Notes

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

Reviews (16)

272 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 55
  • 4 star values: 67
  • 3 star values: 80
  • 2 star values: 48
  • 1 star values: 22
Rating: 5.0 stars
12/23/2019
This was the closest thing to my granma's recipe that I could find. Making this took me back to days when I was standing on a chair next to her at the stove making peanut brittle. Great recipe! I used a cast iron skillet (just like my granma used) to make it and it didn't take the full 10 minutes for the mixture to turn amber. Absolute perfection 💜
Rating: 5.0 stars
12/20/2019
LOVED this recipe! I had my sugar contents at an 8/10 to ensure it didn’t burn then removed it from the heat and it worked like a charm! Definitely keeping this one 😊
Rating: 5.0 stars
12/20/2019
LOVED this recipe! I had my sugar contents at an 8/10 to ensure it didn’t burn then removed it from the heat and it worked like a charm! Definitely keeping this one 😊
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Rating: Unrated
11/04/2019
Sweetheart it wasn't the recipe, you just burnt the [filtered] out of it.
Rating: 1 stars
08/09/2018
DO NOT cook over high heat - sugar will burn real fast. Smoked up my whole house
Rating: 1 stars
12/12/2017
It was great the first time and the second time it would not brown and just hardened like sugared peanuts. Don't know why!
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Rating: 2 stars
10/06/2017
i will make this
Rating: 1 stars
07/06/2017
bad. The sugar stayed white and I had to add butter to save it. The sugar was hard as a rock but the butter saved it
Rating: Unrated
06/22/2017
It worked out perfect but by accident I put a cup of water instead of 1/2 cup it still came out great taste good to ☺
Rating: 1 stars
03/21/2017
This recipe is awful! I followed to to the letter and I ended up with pot full of black liquid. I had to open up all the doors to get the smoke out! This is a bad recipe.
Rating: 1 stars
06/28/2015
I made this it turned amber but it tastes like it's burnt will not make this again
Rating: Unrated
01/14/2015
So my mixture never went amber...I did everything and after a while the sugar started to disolve and the mixture went clear and then no matter what I did or how long I left it that is how to stayed I got a couple of sugared nuts out of it but nothing like brittle. Pretty disappointed.
Rating: Unrated
12/30/2014
Hi my mixture started to crystallise around the side of the pan , what did I do wrong I ended up with a large lump of white stuff , had to soak the pan , not sure if stirring the mix helps or hinders .
Rating: Unrated
12/04/2013
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.
Rating: Unrated
12/14/2012
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!
Rating: Unrated
12/19/2010
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.
Rating: Unrated
11/16/2008
Where do you buy a little hammer like that?
Rating: Unrated
10/01/2008
I have made this with pistachios and people just go crazy for it. I have also done almonds with almond extract and its yummy!
Rating: Unrated
02/04/2008
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.