My husband loves peanut brittle.
I dislike peanut brittle.
Therefore, peanut brittle doesn’t get made at our house very often.
(It isn’t that I don’t love him, I just love sweets more.)
In all seriousness, peanut brittle has always baffled me. There is a candy thermometer involved and a super fine line between amazing and bad.
What I love about this Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe is it’s quick, easy and there is no stovetop (or candy thermometer) involved.
(Yes, I said microwave. Just like a college student in the dorm.)
One item of note, you need to understand your microwave and it’s power. It’s better to undercook on the front end, then overcook on the back end. Remember, you can always cook for longer.
And now I’m off to show my husband how much I love him and whip up a batch. But don’t tell him I use the microwave, he still thinks I slave over a stove.
Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe
This Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe is quick, easy and can be made in the microwave. Yep, just like a college student in the dorm.
Recipe Yields: One pan of peanut brittle, you get to determine how big the pieces will be.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup raw peanuts
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1. Combine sugar, corn syrup, salt and peanuts in glass bowl.
2. Cook in microwave on high for 6 minutes, uncovered.
3. Add butter and vanilla, stir and cook in microwave on high for another 1-2 minutes, uncovered.
Everyone’s microwave is a little different so err on the side of undercooked. Burnt peanuts smell bad. My advice, don’t cook as long during the first round in the microwave. You can make up the difference during the second round.
4. Pour onto a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Allow to cool and break into bite-sized pieces.
This recipe is part of my 10 Days of Christmas Cookies series. If you liked this recipe, check out past year’s cookie recipes:
- Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookie Recipe
- Kid-Friendly White Chocolate Peanut Butter Krispy Cookies
- White Chocolate Peppermint Bar Recipe
- Chewy Gingersnap Cookie Recipe
- Peanut Butter Toffee Cookie Recipe
- No Bake Cornflake Chocolate Caramel Pecan Cookie Recipe
- Chocolate Peppermint Cookies Recipe
- Citrus-Glazed Shortbread Cookie Recipe
- Chocolate Caramel Cake Cookies Recipe
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