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National Peanut Brittle Day

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In celebration of NATIONAL PEANUT BRITTLE DAY I just had to share our family recipe for Microwave Peanut Brittle.I am not sure where this recipe came from, it has been used for decades.I remember making peanut brittle with my grandmother.She made it to eat not only at home but also to bring to tailgate with friends and family.Mom prepared peanut brittle using a traditional stove top recipe until she purchased a microwave in the late 1970’s.This peanut brittle is easy to make and most of all delicious to eat.


1 cup of white sugar
1 cup of raw peanuts (peeled and non-salted)
¼ teaspoon of salt
½ cup of light corn syrup, example Karo
1 tablespoon of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Extra butter to grease extra-large cookie sheets and utensils

In an eight cup or larger microwave safe bowl combine nuts, sugar and salt.Add syrup mix well. Microwave on high for 8 minutes, stir well after 4 minutes. At end of 8 minutes, add butter and vanilla. While brittle mixture is cooking in the microwave lightly butter cookie sheet and place it into a 200 degree oven for warm it.Blend well. Return to microwave and cook on High 1 or 2 additional minutes. Remove from microwave oven and add baking soda. Act quickly, stirring mixture until light and foamy.Pour immediately onto a buttered cookie sheet. Cool approximately one hour. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

I prefer to use an eight cup glass measuring cup with a handle to use as the cooking bowl. It is very helpful to butter the utensils you will be spreading the hot candy mixture onto the cookie sheet. I recommend spreading the candy mixture with long metal spatulas. For cookie sheets use two 15 ½” x 12” or larger sizes.Also for safety reasons I usually use a cookie sheet with ¾” to 1” edge not a perfectly flat cookie sheet.By placing the cookie sheets in the oven to warm the lightly buttered cookie sheet the brittle will spread more easily. Ideal thickness of the brittle when complete is about ¼ inch.Candy will store for about two weeks in an air tight container. Microwave times may vary depending on the wattage of the oven in use.Enjoy!


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