Homemade Peanut Brittle

Here is my great grandfather’s recipe for Homemade Peanut Brittle.  This recipe has been in the family for years.  It requires just a few simple ingredients, basic to candy making.  If you think you’d like to do this, invest in a clip on candy thermometer.  You really can’t fake it without one.

1 C Karo Syrup
2 C Sugar
1/2 C water
1 t salt
2 C raw peanuts
1 t butter
1 t vanilla
1 t baking soda

Homemade Peanut Brittle Ingredients

Homemade Peanut Brittle Ingredients

Yes, you need to use raw peanuts for this. You can find them at the supermarket, if you look. These peanuts MUST be cooked before eating. They grow in the ground and carry bacteria that is killed during cooking (like raw meat).  We’re going to cook the peanuts in candy to get their roasted flavor to give the sugar a wonderful taste.

Combine the first 4 ingredients. Boil this mixture until it reaches 255F on a candy thermometer.

When it does, add raw peanuts and stir until this mixture reaches the right color. You’ll have to take out the thermometer, so cook this until the brittle is a golden brown.


Homemade Peanut Brittle

Keep stirring to cook the peanuts in your Homemade Peanut Brittle

Quickly, stir in the last 3 ingredients.  The liquids will evaporate instantly and cause a quick bubble-up!  Be careful and keep stirring!!!  Once the butter melts and is completely incorporated, pour out onto a buttered cookie sheet with sides. Hold the sheet flat and shake on the counter to get the candy to spread.

Homemade Peanut Brittle

One Big Sheet of Homemade Peanut Brittle

After the candy has cooled, you can pull it off the sheet and break into pieces.  Keep your Homemade Peanut Brittle away from moisture or the pieces will stick together.

About John MacDowall

I was born in Poughkeepsie, NY. We moved to a farm during middle school where I learned about raising animals and growing food. Now, I live in the affluent suburbs of Washington, DC and wonder why people eat the way they do.

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