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DIY Microwave Peanut Brittle

Here is a tried and true personal favorite recipe of mine. I have been making microwave peanut brittle for friends and family for years. My first try was to make it for my dad. It would be great tucked into a cute little box as a wedding favor or even around the holidays as a special treat while entertaining. It’s also great for gift giving, too.  Although peanut brittle sounds difficult to make, it is AMAZINGLY easy. Truly!!

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I do have a recipe that I used to use that I had adapted that was tried and true, BUT it involved a candy thermometer and standing by the stove for a really long time… no fun. I came across this MICROWAVE recipe, which is great… again, I have adapted it b/c I like lots more peanuts than it calls for. I also like the peanut brittle to not break your teeth, so I made the recipe time a little lower than the original recipe called for.

Easy DIY Microwave Peanut Brittle as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog - nut, favor, candy, recipe

Here is my adapted recipe for easy microwave peanut brittle… enjoy.

Double Peanut Not-So-Brittle

Ingredients

    • 1.5 cups sugar
    • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt (use up to 1/2 teaspoon if you like it saltier, but I normally use salted nuts and skip the salt)
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1.5 cups lightly salted peanuts (you can really use any nut)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    • You will also need a flat surface to place the peanut brittle (like a cookie sheet). I normally cover my surface with parchment paper. Have handy 2 forks, too.

Here is our ingredients video from our time on Daytime Blue Ridge.

Easy DIY Microwave Peanut Brittle as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog - nut, favor, candy, recipe

Instructions for my easy microwave peanut brittle.

  • In a 2 quart glass measuring cup (I use the Pampered Chef batter bowl) combine sugar, corn syrup and salt.
  • Stir until sugar is moistened.
  • Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  • Stir in butter and nuts, and return to microwave for 4 1/2 minutes.
  • The mixture should be thick, bubbly and pale brown. It will be HOT, so use the handle of the bowl and/or an oven mitt… hot hot hot!!
  • Stir in vanilla and baking soda (it will make a fizzing sound and cause the mixture to lose a little air).
  • Pour onto your prepared flat surface immediately, and spread it as flat and even as possible using the two forks (pulling at it to increase the surface area it covers).
  • Let stand for about 20 minutes (sometimes I put it into the fridge), and when it is cool break it into bite sized pieces … yum!
  • Store in an airtight container.

Here is our video from Daytime Blue Ridge on how to do the last step – it’s so much better to see it instead of just reading it.


I hope that you all enjoy this recipe for microwave peanut brittle. You may need to tweak it a little as I did for flavor and your particular microwave. Yay for yummy, homemade candy … seems hard but is super easy. Oh, and feel free to substitute any kind of nut instead of peanuts – even a nut mix would be fun. Enjoy!

Easy DIY Microwave Peanut Brittle as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog - nut, favor, candy, recipe

Easy DIY Microwave Peanut Brittle as seen on Hill City Bride Wedding Blog - nut, favor, candy, recipe

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