Growing up, one of my favorite things to receive at Christmas was homemade English toffee from my Aunt. My mom would also make microwave peanut brittle from a recipe she found in a Country Christmas recipe book in the 90s. We loved it! I also enjoy making candy for friends and family during the holiday season. I’ve shared our toffee and caramel corn with you before so today I want to share our microwave peanut brittle recipe! The exact recipe my mom used is no longer around, but I found one that was just like it (with a few minor adjustments). My mom always used Spanish peanuts, but I couldn’t find those so I used unsalted dry roasted. Make a batch and bring it to your Thanksgiving gathering!
I would HIGHLY recommend clicking through the link below that I gave credit to and reading the comments about different timing settings for microwaves. My first batch ever scorched, but once I figured out the timing for my wattage of microwave it was fine.
30 Minute Microwave Peanut Brittle
adapted (original recipe for a 700 watt microwave. My instructions below are for a 1000 watt microwave)
2 c. raw Spanish peanuts (or roasted unsalted peanuts)
1 c. sugar
1/2 c. light corn syrup
dash of kosher salt
1 T. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda
Lightly spray baking sheet cooking spray. Set aside. In large glass bowl, combine peanuts, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir to coat peanuts evenly. Microwave for 3 minutes. Stir. Microwave another 2 minutes. Stir.
Add butter and vanilla. Stir. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes.
Add baking soda. Stir.
Pour mixture out onto baking sheet. Gently smooth into an even layer of peanuts. Let sit for 15 minutes. Break up into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Fill bowl with hot, soapy, water and let sit. This will make it easier to clean. If you are making multiple batches, having another glass bowl is nice.
Makes 1 pound of peanut brittle.