If you are a fan of Old Fashioned candies, you will want to make this Homemade Peanut Brittle. Perfect traditional recipe that is great for Christmas gifts, holiday candy trays, or all year long sweet.
Homemade Peanut Brittle
It’s that time of year again… Christmas candy and baking will be on most everyones lists for the holidays. I have shared quite a few of my favorite traditional Christmas candies and cookies with you here on my blog. Have you made our Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries yet? If not, you will want to add those to your candy lists. They are always a family favorite.
This week while hunting around my blog, I realized I had never shared our Homemade Peanut Brittle. So, I had the hubby make a batch to share with all of you. Peanut Brittle is one of those very traditional candies. It’s great all year long but we always seem to make it during the holiday season. It is great for gifting or for your holiday candy trays.
Making homemade candy can be tricky sometimes. If you do not get everything just about perfect, you can have a mess on your hands. My hubby is always our candy and fudge guy. He always makes his batches perfect. His Peanut Butter Fudge is a family and friend favorite. So… I leave all the candy and fudge recipes for him to tackle.
To make your own Homemade Peanut Brittle, you will need corn syrup, sugar, butter, vanilla, baking soda, and, of course, peanuts. With this recipe, you will want to make sure that you move quickly once you have added the peanuts. The mixture will set quickly. I store mine in an airtight container. One batch never seems to last too long around our home, they eat all of it quite quickly.
2 cup Sugar
1 cup Corn Syrup
1/2 cup Water
1 cup Butter
16 oz Roasted Peanuts
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Vanilla
Line 2 baking sheets with silicone mats or parchment paper and set aside.
In a large sauce pan, combine sugar, corn syrup and water.
Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a full boil (about 10-12 minutes).
Add butter and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches soft crack stage (mixture forms strands that hold shape but are pliable). This takes about 15-25 minutes.
Add peanuts and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until candy reaches hard crack stage (mixture forms strands that hold shape and break when flexed). This takes about 10-12 minutes. Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla and baking soda.
Pour mixture immediately onto prepared sheets and spread to 1/4″ thick.
Allow to cool completely.
Break into pieces.
Looking for other holiday candy ideas? Be sure to see these other recipes that I have shared…