Microwave Peanut Brittle. A super easy and fuss free recipe. Perfect for the holidays and great for making ahead. Give as gifts or have all to yourself!

Microwave Peanut Brittle. A super easy and fuss free recipe. Perfect for the holidays and great for making ahead. Give as gifts or have all to yourself! | Lovefoodies.com

Microwave Peanut Brittle is such a lovely easy recipe and great for making at Christmas time or Thanksgiving. It doesn't take long to make and you could also make up a batch and wrap for gifts too!

Why not tie a pretty colored ribbon around a bag, add a gift tag and give to friends or family as a present! I'm sure they'll love this little candy treat!

Here's a photo of some of my Cranberry and White Chocolate Cookies I wrapped up and tied with some Christmas ribbon, so you get the idea!

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This recipe really is very easy and fuss-free and perfect for making ahead. You can also swap the peanuts for some other nuts, such as cashews or macadamia nuts. Just experiment with what nuts you fancy and enjoy!

Microwave Peanut Brittle is an old recipe shared by Vickie Harpel Butler.

Vickie says the original recipe came with the instruction book on her Sharp Carousel Microwave in 1981. Whilst the microwave itself has long gone now, the recipe still remains a family favorite with Vickie and every Christmas, Vickie makes her Microwave Peanut Brittle.

It's certainly a very popular recipe and has been made year after year, and is very much loved.

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So let's get right to the recipe and see how we make this Microwave Peanut Brittle.

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cook Time

10 Minutes

Serves

9 x 13 Pan

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
Dash salt
1-1/2 cups shelled raw peanuts
1 Tablespoon butter
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions:

1. Heavily butter a baking dish that has been covered with foil. **If you can't get microwave-safe foil, use parchment paper

2. Combine sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a 9 Inch square casserole dish then stir in the peanuts.

**Please note, if the dish is too large for your microwave, you can make this in batches with a dish that suits the capacity of your microwave.

3. Microwave at 100% until light brown, 8-10 minutes, stirring once or twice throughout cooking time. May take longer depending upon your microwave.

4. Stir in remaining ingredients until light and foamy. Quickly spread on greased foil in pan. Spread as thinly as possible for brittle candy.

5. Cool then break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

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Microwave Peanut Brittle. A super easy and fuss free recipe. Perfect for the holidays and great for making ahead. Give as gifts or have all to yourself!

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Yield: 30
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Microwave Peanut Brittle. A super easy and fuss free recipe. Perfect for the holidays and great for making ahead. Give as gifts or have all to yourself!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cups shelled raw peanuts
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Heavily butter a baking dish that has been covered with foil. **If you can't get microwave safe foil, use parchment paper
  2. Combine sugar, corn syrup and salt in a 9 Inch square casserole dish then stir in peanuts.

**Please note, if the dish is too large for your microwave, you can make this in batches with a dish that suits the capacity of your microwave.

  1. Microwave at 100% until light brown, 8-10 minutes, stirring once or twice throughout cooking time. May take longer depending upon your microwave.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients until light and foamy. Quickly spread on greased foil in pan. Spread as thinly as possible for brittle candy.
  3. Cool then break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 30 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 51Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 0g

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  1. I tried this recipe that’s similar to one I’ve used before and it burned. Never had problems with it before. Could it be my microwave power ? Tried it 3 times…shortening to 6 and still burned.:(

  2. in re to the micro peanut brittle… my dad used to make this…on stove…mannnny years ago. He made it by memory and about all I remember was the spanish peanuts and he used cream of tarter. could that have been used as a substitution for baking soda? Daddy died before I was old enuf to realize I shoulda been writing all his recipes down…..so I can’t go back and ask him…. can you give me some light on the subject?

    1. Hi Donna, I can only think that your dad used cream of tartar to stop the sugars from crystallising if he was making this on the stove top due to the high temperature when the sugar boils. Otherwise, it’s normally used to stabilise egg whites, for example when you make meringues or if you want to whip cream and make it stiff so it holds. Hope that helps!

  3. I have found that using your nose helps with this recipe…when you start smelling it, be very watchful because it will burn quickly after that. The old microwave took much longer than my newer one…

  4. I’m wanting to make the microwave peanut brittle, but I have a 1250 watt oven & need to know the time to cook @ this wattage. Or should I turn the power down to use less wattage so I don’t burn the candy, if so how much power & time for your recipe.

    1. Hi Pam,
      The foil is used at the end, AFTER it has been in the microwave. You line a pan with foil, and then after the mixture has been in the microwave, you spread it out on to the baking sheet which is lined with the foil and allow it to cool. The foil just stops the brittle from sticking to the pan. Hope that clears up the confusion!