Microwave Peanut Brittle is the peanut brittle recipe you want to make if you are a little nervous about tackling candy making! You get that crunchy peanut loaded brittle without the stress!
This Microwave Peanut Brittle recipe is one that my mother in law shared in a cookbook some of the ladies from my church put together. She makes it every year for Christmas and it’s always so yummy.
There are so many choices for candy making during the holidays and I never know which to choose from. How do you narrow it down to just a few candies when you’ve got Christmas Crack, Gummy Bear Bark (so good and easy), Microwave Caramels, and Lemon Fudge? This Microwave Peanut Brittle recipe happens to make a fairly small batch…in my mind that means I can make a few more treats because this one only makes a little bit!
Microwave Peanut Brittle – Instructions
In a large microwavable bowl stir peanuts, sugar, and corn syrup together.
Cook it in the microwave for 4 minutes. Stir.
Microwave another 3 minutes. Stir.
Add butter. Stir. Microwave 1-2 more minutes. My microwave cooks pretty hot so I only cooked it for 1 minute.
Remove from microwave and add baking soda and vanilla. Vanilla will sizzle and turn the brittle dark brown right where you dump it.
Stir. The baking soda will cause it to get all foamy and cool looking!
Pour brittle onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread into a thin layer.
Let cool. Break into pieces. Store in an air tight container.
Microwave Peanut Brittle – Funny Story (that’s not really funny)
Here’s my Microwave Peanut Brittle disclaimer. If you don’t follow the instructions this recipe will NOT turn out! The other day I decided to whip up a batch of this stuff. I haven’t made it for awhile because I just eat it at my mother in laws once a year and call it good. That day though, I decided I would make it. I was multitasking and making Microwave Peanut Brittle at the same time. I’m usually really good at multitasking, but that day, not so much. I didn’t read the directions correctly and lets just say my whole house, and my hair smelled like burnt sugar.
You know how Murphy’s Law goes? Well at the very minute I started throwing the burnt mess into the garbage can our neighbor happened to knock on my door. Apparently he had a meeting with Justin right then! I got teased just a little about being a food blogger and burning my food, in the microwave non the less!
Let me just say…if you follow the instructions this will turn out perfectly! It does have to get pretty hot to get to the hard crack stage. So don’t be alarmed if you think it’s getting a little overdone. The amount of cook time isn’t the problem. Just make sure you add the correct ingredients at the correct time. In other words, don’t microwave after you add baking soda or your hair will smell burnt!
Really though, this recipe is simple and turns out…IF you follow the instructions!
- 1 c. sugar
- ½ c. light corn syrup
- 1 c. raw peanuts
- ⅛ tsp. salt
- 1 T. butter
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper, spray with baking spray. If you don't have parchment paper you can use greased aluminum foil, or a butter baking sheet.
- In a large microwavable bowl stir together sugar, corn syrup, peanuts, and salt.
- Microwave 4 minutes. Stir.
- Microwave 3 minutes. Stir.
- Add butter.
- Microwave 1-2 minutes, peanut brittle should be caramel in color).
- Remove from microwave and add baking soda and vanilla. Stir.
- Quickly pour on prepared baking sheet. Spread into a thin layer.
- Cool. Break into pieces.
- Store in an airtight container.