Mom's Best Peanut Brittle Recipe - Real Life Dinner (2024)

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Mom's Best Peanut Brittle Recipe - Real Life Dinner (1)My Mom’s Best Peanut Brittle Recipe is my dad’s favorite Christmas Candy. My mom made it every year growing up, and even though I wasn’t a huge fan back then, I can sure appreciate it as an adult. Speaking of appreciation and favorite candy, Old Fashioned Cherry Mash Chocolates is my recipe for my mom’s favorite candy, a Cherry Mash.

I like the crisp crunch and the peanut flavor throughout my Mom’s Best Peanut Brittle Recipe. It’s tasty! After trying a few different recipes, I’ve come to the conclusion that my mom’s recipe really is THE BEST!

step-by-step video for perfect peanut brittle

HOW TO MAKE MOM’S BEST PEANUT BRITTLE

  • Grease a cookie sheet with butter. Set aside.
  • Combine butter, baking soda, and vanilla in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine sugar, Karo Syrup, and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring to a boil until mixture spins a thread when drizzled from your spoon. See the step-by-step video for an example.
  • Add peanuts and continue stirring the boiling mixture until it turns light brown (approx. same color as a paper bag).
  • Add the bowl of butter, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix until butter is melted and mixture is foamy from the baking soda.
  • Pour out onto prepared cookie sheet and spread mixture out with two forks as thinly as you can (approx. 1/4″).
  • Cool completely.
  • Use a butter knife to break it into pieces. (See picture at bottom of post.)

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MORE CHRISTMAS RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE

  • Crazy Good Mint Fudge
  • White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzel Crisps
  • Golden Oreo Peanut Butter Truffles
  • Holiday Snowball Cookies
  • Old Fashioned Cherry Mash Chocolates

Mom’s Best Peanut Brittle Recipe is made from very basic ingredients, and you don’t have to have a candy thermometer to make it. Sure, you can use a thermometer. If you don’t have one, you don’t need to feel stressed about messing this up. Just follow the instructions and watch the step-by-step video, and it will turn out great.

Mom’s Best Peanut Brittle Recipe is relatively inexpensive to make and is a great gift for teachers or neighbors. Package it up in a cute bag with a ribbon or add a few pieces to a treat plate.

Frequently Asked Questions about making Mom’s Best Peanut Brittle

where can i buy raw peanuts?

At the local grocery store and online. I have found them in the baking section at my grocery store. Others have bought them from Trader Joe’s, from the produce department of their grocery store, a farmer’s market, and even from a peanut farm.

when using a candy thermometer, what temperature do you bring the boiling mixture to?

Hard crack stage, which is between 300-310 degrees. If you don’t have a candy thermometer, stir the boiling mixture until it spins a thread when drizzled from the spoon. It sounds crazy, but you’ll know what I’m talking about when it happens. See the step-by-step video towards the beginning of the post for an example of what it looks like.

can you use other types of nuts in this recipe?

I have only used raw peanuts, but I don’t know of any reason why other nuts would not work. A couple of readers used almonds, and it turned out good for them.

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Mom's Best Peanut Brittle Recipe

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Sweet, Crunchy Candy filled with peanuts. Satisfying treat that is sure to bring a smile during the Holidays.

Recipe type: Candy

Cuisine: Christmas

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup Karo Syrup (light)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups raw peanuts
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • extra butter for greasing cookie sheet

Instructions

  1. Grease a cookie sheet with butter. Set aside.
  2. Combine butter, baking soda, and vanilla in a bowl. Set aside.
  3. Combine sugar, Karo Syrup, and water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly and bring to a boil until mixture spins a thread when drizzled from your spoon. Sounds crazy, but you'll know what I am talking about when it happens. See the step-by-step video for an example.
  4. Add peanuts and continue stirring the boiling mixture until it turns brown, like in the pictures, (approx. same color as a paper bag).
  5. Add the bowl of butter, baking soda, and vanilla. Mix until butter is melted and mixture is foamy from the baking soda.
  6. Pour out onto prepared cookie sheet and spread mixture out with two forks as thinly as you can (approx. ¼").
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Use a butter knife to break it into pieces. (See picture below.)

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