Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle

Rachelle Teller


Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle recipe made by my dad every holiday.

This can be made one month ahead of time.

Note: Be sure to bring up to heat slowly and stir steadily.

If you don't like peanuts, try pecans or walnuts instead.


★★★★★ 3 votes

makes 3 1/2 pounds
45 Min



  • 3 c
  • 2 c
  • 3/4 c
    light corn syrup
  • 3/4 c
    dark corn syrup
  • 1/8 tsp

  • 4 c
    raw peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp
    butter, unsalted

  • 1 c
    ice water (to test consistency)

  • 1 Tbsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract

How to Make Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle


  1. Butter two heavy, large baking sheets.
  2. Stir ingredients from Step One in heavy, large saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. DO NOT RUSH!
  3. Increase heat to high and boil without stirring until candy thermometer registers 260 degrees F. This should take about 40 minutes. DO NOT RUSH!
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low. Mix in Step Two ingredients. Stirring steadily.
  5. Continue to stir steadily and cook until candy thermometer registers 295 degrees F. This should take about 15 minutes. DO NOT RUSH!
  6. When stirring with wooden spoon, lift up spoon. You should get a long string from spoon to pan. Lift string out of pan and dip in ice water from Step Three. It should crackle which tells you the consistency is correct to proceed.
  7. Add Ingredients from Step Four to mixture. Stir briskly. Mixture will foam up.
  8. Immediately pour out onto prepared baking sheets, dividing evenly, and spreading out as thinly as possible.
  9. Let stand until cold and hard.
  10. Break into pieces. Store in airtight container at room temperature.

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About Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle

Course/Dish: Desserts Candies

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