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Easy Homemade Peanut Brittle

Easy Peanut Brittle

Looking for a yummy and simple homemade gift? Turn to this old-fashioned favorite when you want to make in large batches for holiday gifts. Peanut Brittle is one of our family’s traditional recipes and folks eagerly await it (and our Homemade Vanilla Extract) every year.

Peanut Brittle

Serves 2 pounds
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 25 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Allergy Milk, Peanuts, Tree Nuts
This is the easiest peanut brittle recipe I've prepared. Yummy and not too hard on the teeth!


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups raw peanuts
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


My family has used this brittle recipe for as long as I can remember. We've substituted macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds and walnuts with wonderful results. One of my favorite varieties is macadamia nuts and shredded coconut. So good! This also stores well in a cookie tin or plastic container. Can be made ahead and frozen, too, but seems a little sticky when thawed.


Step 1
Gather all of the ingredients before you begin cooking. The process goes quickly once the sugar comes to temperature and there won't be time to measure then.
Step 2
Combine sugar, corn syrup and water and cook over medium heat until it reaches 240 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add butter and peanuts. Continue to cook until peanuts turn golden brown and sugar reaches 300 degrees Fahrenheit. (or until a small amount dropped in cold water immediately separates into hard, brittle threads.
Step 3
Remove from the heat and add vanilla and baking soda. The candy will foam up a lot. Continue to gently stir to keep the mixture from overflowing.
Step 4
While still foamy, pour the candy onto a greased cookie sheet. Allow to cool.
Step 5
When completely cooled, break the brittle into pieces and enjoy!
Easy Peanut Brittle