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



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Instructions Checklist
  • Coat two 12-by-17-inch baking sheets with vegetable spray.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Cook's Notes

Store in an airtight container for several weeks.

Reviews (6)

55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 10
  • 1 star values: 5
Rating: 5.0 stars
Excellent recipe. I wouldn’t expect anything but perfect from Martha Stewart. This is so much easier to work with than recipes that call for adding nuts at the end!
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yummy! had raw spanishe peanuts on hand, so roasted them following an online suggestion, and everything turned out great!
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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.
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Has anyone used raw peanuts with this recipe?
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The best peanut brittle I have ever had so much better then anything you can buy.
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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.
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The best recipe for peanut brittle!!! Love it!!!