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Peanut Brittle


Peanut brittle is a classic dessert that's perfect for sharing around the holiday season, or anytime!

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  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons margarine or 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 pound shelled unroasted peanuts


Servings 40
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 60mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Butter 2 cookie sheets, 15 1/2 x 12 inches; keep warm.

Mix baking soda, 1 teaspoon water and the vanilla; set aside.

Mix sugar, 1 cup water and the corn syrup in a 3 quart saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, to 240°F on candy thermometer. Stir in margarine and peanuts. Cook, stirring constantly to 300°F. Watch carefully so it doesn't burn.

Remove from heat immediately; stir in baking soda mixture.
Pour half of the candy mixture on each cookie sheet and spread quickly until it is about 1/4 inch thick.

Cool and break into pieces.

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