A Better Brittle

August 29, 2011
2 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

My Grandma used to make a microwave brittle when I would visit as a little girl. As a treat, she passed her recipe down to me years ago and I have revised it just a bit and love it as much today as I did back then. Grandma....this ones for you! —Brittany Smith

What You'll Need
  • 1 1/2 cups Dry Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  1. Grease a baking sheet. I use butter flavored crisco because, let’s face it, everything is better with butter, this is no exception!
  2. Combine the peanuts, syrup, sugar, and salt in a glass mixing bowl. MAKE SURE IT’S GLASS or the peanut mixture will not be the ONLY thing that’s ooey gooey! Microwave on high for about 7 minutes until bubbly and golden-colored.
  3. Add in the butter and vanilla, stir to combine and microwave an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the baking soda to create a bubbly peanut concoction and quickly dump onto the greased pan. Spread out into a thin layer. Don’t worry if it’s not shaped perfectly…you’re going to break it up anyways.
  5. Let it set for at least 15 minutes. Break into pieces and enjoy.

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BadExampleMan December 5, 2012
I found this same recipe in some anonymous ladies' auxilliary cookbook from the 1970s. I will testify that it is awesome. You can also substitute for the corn syrup cheap "maple" pancake syrup - the kind that is basically corn syrup with caramel color and flavorings - and that will give the result a deep, mapley, almost smokey flavor.