EASY MICROWAVE PEANUT BRITTLE – VIDEO

This is the easiest peanut brittle recipe because it’s made in the microwave! It’s made with simple ingredients and comes together quickly. You’ll want to add this recipe to our holiday baking pronto!

Microwave Peanut Brittle - The Southern Lady Cooks

Speaking of the holidays, you might also love our Microwave Christmas Divinity, Five Minute Fudge, and No Bake Avalanche Treats.

❤️ WHY WE LOVE IT

We love this recipe because it really simplifies the process of making peanut brittle. It takes most of the guesswork out of it, and….it’s delicious! Mom first found this recipe in her Sharp Carousel Cooking Book years ago. We have changed it a tad, and it always comes out great. We love adding it to gift bags for Christmas, and it also makes a wonderful hostess gift for holiday parties.

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

  • White sugar
  • Light corn syrup
  • Dash of salt
  • Shelled raw peanuts (Could use regular peanuts or pecans, too)
  • Butter
  • Baking soda
  • Vanilla

SWAPS

You could easily swap out the peanuts for cashews or pecans. Many have asked about swapping corn syrup for another ingredient, but unfortunately, I’ve not found one that works well.

🥣HOW TO MAKE

You won’t believe how simple this recipe is! Once you make it, I bet you make it again.

PREPARATIONS

Be sure and measure out all your ingredients. This microwave peanut brittle comes together very quickly so you want to have everything ready.

COOKING

✔️Step 1: Spray a baking sheet generously. Combine sugar, corn syrup and salt in a 3-quart microwave GLASS bowl. DO NOT USE TUPPERWARE.

✔️Step 2: Stir in peanuts and microwave on high until light brown. (About 9 to 10 minutes.) Microwaves vary, so you will have to watch the timing. Stir twice while cooking. (This gets very hot, so be careful not to get burned)

✔️Step 3: Stir in the remaining ingredients. The mixture should be light and foamy. Quickly spread as thin as possible on a greased baking sheet. Let cool and break into pieces. Makes about 1 pound of peanut brittle.

For a step-by-step video of how to make microwave peanut brittle, scroll down to the recipe card.

TIP

  • Remember to use a glass dish to prepare the brittle in. This mixture will become very hot, so be extra careful when handling it.
  • All microwaves vary with their wattage. So watching it is crucial. Remember that the peanut brittle mixture should be LIGHT BROWN.
Microwave Peanut Brittle - The Southern Lady Cooks

RECIPE VARIATIONS

Different nuts work great with this recipe. Try pecans, almonds, or cashews. You can drop chocolate chips on top immediately after spreading it on a baking sheet. Add a couple of sprinkles of sea salt to add a deep salty flavor.

❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How do you spread the mixture out on the baking sheet?

I use a rubber spatula or a spoon. Spray with a simple nonstick spray so the mixture doesn’t stick.

I want to mail this as a gift for Christmas. How do I package it?

If you read the comments below, you’ll see that many people have sent this through the mail. Pack tightly in a tin or a ziplock bag.

STORING AND REHEATING

Store in an air-tight container for up to two weeks.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

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SERVING SIZE

This recipe makes around 1 pound of peanut brittle.

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Leigh Walkup
This recipe for Microwave Peanut Brittle is delicious! Its super easy to make and has wonderful reviews. Video included.
4.91 from 52 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course candy
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 1 pound

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • Dash of salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shelled raw peanuts Could use regular peanuts or pecans, too
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Spray a baking sheet generously. Combine sugar, corn syrup and salt in a 3 quart microwave GLASS bowl. Stir in peanuts and microwave on high until light brown. (About 9 to 10 minutes.) Microwaves vary so you will have to watch the timing.
  • Stir twice while cooking.(This gets very hot, so be careful not to get burned.) Stir in remaining ingredients. Mixture should be light and foamy. Quickly spread as thin as possible on greased baking sheet. Let cool and break into pieces. Makes about 1 pound of peanut brittle

Video

Notes

  • Remember to use a glass dish to prepare the brittle in. This mixture will become very hot, so be extra careful when handling it.
  • All microwaves vary in their wattage. So watching it is crucial. Remember that the peanut brittle mixture should be LIGHT BROWN. Watch video for more instruction.
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