I am truly a fool for giving out a recipe like this for free, when I should be raking in royalties from the American Dental Association instead. Consider this fair warning: don’t even think about making peanut brittle if you’ve personally funded the college educations of two of your orthodontist’s kids, okay?
That said, peanut brittle is actually very simple to make, and the first time I tried my hand at it, I was surprised by how nicely it came out. Plus, it’s shiny and pretty, and would make a nice, homey gift wrapped up in a festive tin.
Two things will ensure your success in making brittle. First, make sure you have an accurate candy thermometer at your disposal. Second, measure out all of your ingredients beforehand, mise en place, as you won’t have time to fuss with them as you cook.
Other than that, this recipe is extremely versatile and pretty much foolproof, so feel free to have fun with it! Those of you with peanut allergies (or loved ones with peanut allergies), can substitute slivered almonds for the peanuts. Or you could substitute some of the corn syrup for maple syrup, exchange the peanuts for walnuts, and make maple walnut brittle. The possibilities are endless!
- 1 c sugar
- ½ c light corn syrup
- ¼ c water
- 1 tsp vanilla or molasses
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 c unsalted peanuts
- 2 tbsp vegan butter, melted
- 1 tsp baking soda
- candy thermometer
- Turn your oven up to 300°F and place a greased jellyroll pan on the bottom rack while you prepare the brittle. Turn the oven off when the pan is hot to the touch; this will allow the brittle to spread nicely.
- In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, water, and molasses if using.
- Bring to a boil, stirring to combine.
- Once sugar has dissolved, stir in peanuts.
- Stir until mixture reaches hard crack stage (300-310° F; a drop of it in a cup of ice water will be brittle and break easily, without bending).
- Turn off heat, stir in margarine and soda and vanilla (if using), and pour onto prepared pan.
- Gently tilt pan from side to side until candy has spread to desired thinness.
- Allow to cool completely.
- Break into pieces.