Thursday, December 22, 2011

Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle

My great aunt Doris gave me this recipe. She was near and dear to my heart. When she passed away this year, the world lost a kind and generous woman. Each time I make one of her recipes, I am transported back to my childhood and nostalgic memories.

If you were looking for a simple, easy to prepare dessert to give as a gift, you've found it. No candy thermometers required here. In just 15 minutes, you'll have peanut brittle cooling on a pan.

This is a recipe you need to prepare for in advance, and by that I mean: have all your ingredients, bowl, measuring spoons and cups at the ready.

You could easily mix this up and use different types of nuts with it. I've used pecan and cashews in it with great success.

Microwave Peanut Brittle

1 cup sugar
1/2 light corn syrup
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cup salted roasted peanuts
1 Tbsp. vegan "butter" (I use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. baking soda

Combine sugar, corn syrup and salt in a 2 quart glass dish. Microwave ingredients covered with wax paper on high for 5 minutes. Stir in peanuts and microwave for 3 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from microwave using oven mitts and stir in vegan margarine, vanilla, and baking soda until foamy.

Immediately pour onto buttered baking sheet. Spread  1/4 inch thick with a spoon. Let is cool completely and break into pieces. 


  1. I was looking for a candy treat to make for my Christmas cookie tins and it looks like I found it :) Thank you for posting your great aunt's recipe I can't wait to make some brittle.


  2. How cool that you can make this right in the microwave!