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Easy Peanut Brittle

Easy Peanut Brittle recipe is the classic we all love. Just like grandma would make every Christmas! This simple recipe comes together in about 15 minutes and will be a holiday staple for years to come!

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Peanut Brittle on a red rimmed plate

Easy Peanut Brittle

I remember my grandma making peanut brittle every Christmas and it was always so delicious. My grandpa loved peanuts and I’m guessing it was his favorite Christmas candy too.

I love adding in the classic holiday treats from my childhood to my Christmas traditions with my family and this easy recipe is the best!

Just take me to the recipe! If you are in a hurry and just looking for the recipe, scroll on down to the very bottom and you’ll see the printable recipe card. I am sharing the step by step photos just below to make this recipe a snap!

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Peanut Brittle pieces on a plate with text overlay

Once you try making this brittle, you will be making it again and again. I was nervous to try it. I have not had the best luck at making candy in the past. If I can do you it, you can too! I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it is. 

Ingredients for Peanut Brittle

How to Make Easy Peanut Brittle:

Pan with peanut brittle ingredients

  • Add sugar, corn syrup, water and salt to a heavy saucepan. 
  • Place over medium heat, stirring constantly and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring until sugar is melted. 

Peanuts stirred into brittle mixture

  • Place a candy thermometer in pan. Continue to cook, stirring until temperature reaches 250°, stir in peanuts. 
  • Continue to cook, stirring constantly until temperature reaches 300°.

Adding butter and baking soda to peanut brittle mixture

  • Remove from heat and stir in baking soda and butter. Mixture will bubble up. 

Peanut Brittle Mixture

  • Mix well until all combined. 

Baking sheet with peanut brittle waiting to cool

  • Spread onto a warm baking sheet as thinly as you can. 
  • Cool completely. 

Peanut Brittle Candy broken into pieces on a sheet pan

  • Break into pieces and store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. 

Tray of peanut brittle

Peanut Brittle makes a great gift for the holidays or any special occasion. Just pack it up in airtight containers and add a bow!

White board with peanut brittle candy pieces

Tips for Making Candy:

  • Gather and measure all of the ingredients before you start. The process moves fast when you are finishing the brittle and you don’t have time to measure or gather ingredients. 
  • Use a non-stick pan if you have one, it will make cleanup easier. 
  • If you don’t have a non-stick pan, have another pan of boiling water to pour into your pan after you pour the peanut brittle. It will help dissolve the candied sugar. 
  • Use a wooden spoon for stirring. 
  • A candy thermometer is a must- have. 
  • Keep your sheet pan warm – about 200° in the oven to make spreading your brittle easier. 
  • I did not butter my cookie sheet and did not have any trouble with my brittle sticking. You can butter your cookie sheet or use parchment paper. 
  • Humidity will affect your candy making and will make your brittle sticky if not stored properly. 
  • Store peanut brittle in an airtight container in a cool dry place. 

Making candy can be intimidating but if you take your time and follow these steps, you can make this easy peanut brittle. 

This recipe is very similar to my Grandma’s Caramel Popcorn, which also makes a great holiday treat to make and share. It’s seriously addictive.

Bowl of peanut brittle candy

Easy Holiday Candy Recipes

Add this classic holiday treat to your dessert plans! It’s so simple to make and it is sure to be a favorite year after year. 

Homemade peanut brittle in a bowl

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Yield: 12 servings

Easy Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle in a red rimmed bowl

Easy Peanut Brittle recipe is the classic we all love. Just like grandma would make every Christmas! This simple recipe comes together in about 15 minutes and will be a holiday staple for years to come!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 - 1 1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions

Gather and measure all ingredients before beginning.

In a heavy sauce pan, add sugar, corn syrup, water and salt. 

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring until sugar is melted and a temperature of 250° is reached using a candy thermometer.

Stir in peanuts. 

Continue to cook, stirring constantly until temperature reaches 300°.

Remove from heat and stir in butter and baking soda. Mixture will bubble up, mix well.

Immediately, pour onto a warmed baking sheet and spread as thinly as you can. 

Cool completely. 

Break into pieces and store in an airtight container in a cool dry place. 

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 229Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 248mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

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11 Comments

    1. I made the peanut brittle just like the recipe said first time it cracked but it got stuck in teeth and chewed it second time it burned and a medium medium fire does the temperature in the house or outside make a difference on candy

      1. Hi Troy,
        There is no vanilla extract in this recipe. The weather does make a difference when making candy. If it’s humid, it seems like the candy never sets up quite right. I’ve used this recipe many times and never had trouble getting it to set up but it’s usually around the holidays when it isn’t so humid in Oklahoma.

        ~ Milisa

  1. would like to make this recipe for peanut brittle but it does not say how much water to use?? Thanks and hoping for quick reply.

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