We made this every Christmas to give to friends and teachers on the Christmas cookie plates we handed out. Very quick and easy. I have fond memories of stirring in the soda and watching it bubble; also of smashing the brittle into pieces when it was done (my mom gave us each a freezer bag with a few very large pieces in it, and a can, and let us smash it up into littler pieces). This is an old recipe, and calibrated for older microwaves. Adjust cooking time down if you have a newer microwave. You can use other nuts instead of peanuts with the same yummy results. Vegan if you use vegan margarine. Makes about 1 1/4 lbs.
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted dry-roasted peanuts
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- In a microwave-safe glass bowl (think Pyrex), combine peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, and salt.
- Cook on high (100%) 7-9 minutes (probably not this long anymore!), until mixture is bubbly and peanuts are brown.
- Quickly stir in butter or margarine and vanilla; cook on high 2-3 minutes longer.
- Add baking soda; stir quickly just until mixture is foamy.
- Pour immediately onto greased baking sheet.
- Let cool about 15 minutes, until firm.
- Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
This recipe was submitted by ketchupqueen on February 2, 2005.