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Quick and Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle

on December 2, 2012

Every year, at the holidays, I make “care packages” for various family members and friends, trying to include some new recipes and “old favorites.”  One of my growing favorites is the peanut brittle. It’s so easy to make, it ships very well to those far away, and everyone seems to really love it. My secret to making it extra special? I use honey roasted peanuts. Here’s the recipe.

Quick and Easy Microwave Peanut Brittlebrittle

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cups Honey Roasted Peanuts
  • 1 cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 Tbs. Butter
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla (or extract)
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda

Directions:

  1. Grease a cookie sheet (non-stick is best) with butter (not non-stick spray).
  2. In a glass microwave-safe bowl, combine the peanuts, sugar and corn syrup.
  3. Microwave, on “high” for 6-7 minutes, stirring it once at 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in the butter and Vanilla and microwave for another 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the microwave (this will be HOT so use care — and hot pads!) and quickly stir in the baking soda. The mixture will look slightly “foamy.” Pour onto the buttered cookie sheet and spread quickly with the back of a spoon. Here’s where I toss in another of my own ideas; when the brittle is starting to cool BUT not so hot it sticks to everything (you’ll know the difference when you try this), take an oven hot pad/pot holder and put it in a plastic sandwich bag. Use this to spread the brittle nice and thin — the plastic will keep the hot pad from sticking and the hot pad will keep you from burning your fingers on the hot brittle (yes, I’m quite proud of myself for coming up with this…).
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