Microwave Peanut Brittle,Easy microwave candy recipe (2024)

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!

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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.

We've got lots of Sweet Treats, Cookies and Candies, perfect for the holidays so please do take a look after you've saved this recipe!

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

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1) Prep Time

2) Cook Time

3) Serves

4) Ingredients

5) Instructions:

6) Recipe Card

7) Microwave Peanut Brittle

8) Delicious Sweet Snacks for Christmas

Prep Time

5 Minutes

Cook Time

10 Minutes

Serves

9 x 13 Pan

Ingredients

1 cup sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
Dash salt
1-½ cups shelled raw peanuts
1 Tablespoon butter
1-½ 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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Recipe Card

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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
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • Dash salt
  • ½ cups shelled raw peanuts
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1-½ 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: 30Serving 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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FAQs

How to make peanuts in the microwave? ›

Microwave oven roasting: Pour peanuts into colander or wire basket and wet thoroughly. Sprinkle with salt. Pour into small microwave safe casserole or pie plate. Microwave for 2 1/2 minutes; stir, microwave 2 1/2 minutes longer.

Why put baking soda in peanut brittle? ›

Baking soda is a key ingredient in peanut brittle. It's what aerates the candy, giving it a nice light crunch. Why didn't my homemade peanut brittle get hard? The main reason why peanut brittle doesn't get hard and have the crunch we expect is because the sugar was not cooked long enough.

Why did my peanut brittle turned out chewy? ›

Why did my peanut brittle turn out chewy? The likely cause is that the sugar mixture didn't reach the proper hard crack stage temperature. Ensuring it reaches 300˚F is key to getting that classic brittle texture.

How do you keep peanut brittle crispy? ›

5 Tips on How to Store Peanut Brittle
  1. #1 - Store in an airtight container. ...
  2. #2 - Separate your brittle. ...
  3. #3 - Avoid using the refrigerator. ...
  4. #4 - But, if needed, use the freezer. ...
  5. #5 - Overall, eliminate opportunities for moisture.
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How do you keep peanut brittle crisp? ›

The candy will attract moisture from the air, making it unpleasantly sticky instead of shatteringly crisp. Once it's completely cool, transfer it to an airtight container.

How long do you microwave peanuts? ›

For a light roast, microwave on HIGH for 2-1/2 minutes; stir, microwave 2-1/2 minutes longer. For a darker roast, stir and microwave 1 minute longer, in 30 second increments. Season to taste. Peanuts will be crisp when cool.

Can I dry peanuts in microwave? ›

For a 1200W microwave: microwave the peanuts for the following times, mixing after each time: 2:30 minutes, 2 minutes, 1:30 minutes, 30 seconds. At the end, the peanuts should be toasted and fragrant.

What happens to peanut butter in the microwave? ›

Peanut butter can spark in the microwave due to the high oil content and the presence of small particles of peanuts or salt. These particles can act as tiny conductors of electricity, creating arcing, or sparks, when they are heated.

Can you overcook peanut brittle? ›

If you overcook the brittle, it could be bitter or burnt. If you undercook it, the brittle won't properly set and the end result will be sticky.

What's the difference between toffee and brittle? ›

Brittles are typically composed mostly of sugar, while toffees contain a fair amount of butter and in some cases milk. This makes toffees fuller and richer in taste, while brittles are more purely sweet and sugary. Brittles are also much thinner than most toffees.

Why is my peanut brittle too thick? ›

As mentioned in “how to make peanut brittle”, it's very important to move fast after the peanuts and baking soda are mixed in. If not, the peanut brittle will turn out too thick and clumpy. Don't play the guessing game and use a candy thermometer instead. This will ensure your peanut brittle turns out perfectly golden.

Why is peanut brittle bad for you? ›

Outside of that single ingredient, peanut brittle is painfully unhealthy. It contains: sugar, corn syrup, and butter, all of which are unhealthy for your body in different ways. But, peanut brittle becomes terrible for your teeth once all of those ingredients are combined into the final product.

Should you refrigerate peanut brittle? ›

To store: Store peanut brittle (once it's completely cooled) in an airtight container at room temperature. Do not refrigerate as the moisture from the fridge will cause the brittle to soften. Store for 6-8 weeks. To freeze: Peanut brittle can be frozen and stored up to 3 months.

Why does my peanut brittle have bubbles? ›

As the sugar is cooking and begins turning amber in color it accumulates small amounts of acid, and that acid reacts chemically with the alkaline baking soda releasing about a zillion minuscule bubbles of CO2 that get trapped, making the sugar porous and, well… brittle.

How long does it take to melt a jar of peanut butter in the microwave? ›

Place the peanut butter in the microwave, and heat it for 30 seconds. Once the 30 seconds is up, stir the peanut butter to makes sure it's melting evenly. Place the peanut butter back in the microwave for another 30 seconds, and stir again. This will probably take a few rounds to get to your desired consistency.

Is it safe to melt peanut butter in the microwave? ›

Sure, you can use a microwave for small amounts. Or just spread it on hot toast. It melts like butter. Always keep peanut butter at room temperature UNLESS, it's totally natural, without preservatives, or it's one you made yourself.

Can you put coated peanuts in the microwave? ›

Peanuts wrapped in a crispy chilli coated flavoured shell, not too hot just gently warming. They taste great as they are or gently warmed for a few seconds in the microwave, for that extra burst of flavour.

How do you melt peanut butter chips in the microwave? ›

Melt the peanut butter chips in the microwave on medium-high heat for one minute in a microwave safe bowl. Take the bowl out, and stir the chips, then heat in additional 30-second increments until melted and smooth.

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