For some folks, the feeling of really being in the holiday season starts with music, or snow, or holiday cards, or spiritual  services.

I enjoy all of those holiday experiences, but for me, it’s only when I start stirring up batch after batch of peanut brittle that I really feel like the holiday season is underway. I’m not sure where I found this peanut brittle recipe, or exactly when I started making it to give to friends and family at the holidays. But by now, it’s a Christmas tradition I look forward to and enjoy. Oh, I make cookies and Buckeye candies, but I really enjoy making this peanut brittle. It’s easy, and the results are addictively tasty!

 

 

Last year, I shared my one-and-only LIVE cooking video, showing how to make this tasty treat. Here it is again:

 

Here is the recipe, in case you’d like to give it a try.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup white corn syrup
  • 1 cup roasted, salted peanutes
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or bourbon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Process:

  1. Prepare cookie sheet by covering with aluminum foil and spraying with spray grease.
  2. Stir sugar and syrup together in 4 cup (or larger) glass (such as Pyrex) measuring cup.
  3. Microwave on high, 3 minutes.
  4. Stir in peanuts.
  5. Microwave on high, 3 minutes.
  6. Stir in butter and vanilla OR bourbon.
  7. Microwave on high 1-2 minutes. (In my microwave, I run the microwave in this step for 1 and 1/2 minutes. Shorter, and the brittle comes out gummy; longer and it comes out burned. Microwave strengths vary, so I recommend trying 1 and 1/2 minutes for your first batch, and then adjusting if needed.)
  8. Add baking soda, stir until foamy, and pour on greased sheet.
  9. Let cool and then break up candy with rolling pin.

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Enjoy!

Stay well,