Saturday, December 19, 2015

MiMi's Microwave Peanut Brittle

     This is always one of our favorite Christmas candies.  MiMi says this recipe was in the book that came with their very first microwave back in the '80s and it has been a staple ever since.  She never likes doing anything that requires a candy thermometer, so this is the perfect kind of candy recipe for her.  It seems like this one is really a favorite treat of my brother Clint and Paw-Paw.  We all love it, but those two go crazy for it!

Microwave Peanut Brittle


1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup roasted, salted peanuts
1 tsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda

  1. In a 1 1/2 quart bowl (MiMi and I both always make it in our 8 cup glass measuring cups) stir together sugar and syrup.  Microwave on high for 4 minutes.  
  2. Stir in peanuts.  Microwave on high 3 to 5 minutes, until brown.
  3. Add butter and vanilla to syrup, blending well.
  4. Microwave on high 1 to 2 minutes more.  Peanuts will be lightly browned and syrup very hot.
  5. Add baking soda and gently stir until light and foamy.
  6. Pour mixture onto a lightly greased cookie sheet.  Let cool 1/2 to 1 hour.
  7. When cool, break into small pieces and store in air-tight container.  


  1. Wow - this sounds so easy compared to the stovetop version I have made. I'm definitely trying this next time! Pinned!

    1. I have never done it stove top because this is the way I always saw my mom make it. I feel like I should try it that way sometime for experience sake, but this way is so easy!

  2. This recipe looks like a keeper. I'm with Mimi when it comes to not using a candy thermometer if possible. That is funny that she got this recipe with her first microwave! Thanks for sharing. I need to try this.

    1. This definitely makes it foolproof and I love that she's had the recipe that long too! Thanks, Amy!


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