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Sweet and salty peanut brittle with the perfect candy crunch is a wonderful gift for the holidays. This peanut brittle recipe is easy to make and wows everyone, every time. For best results, have all ingredients for this recipe measured out and ready to go as this method requires you to react quickly. There's just no time to measure in between steps! We also recommend a good candy thermometer.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
15 mins
30 mins
55 mins
about 1 pound


Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Have all ingredients measured out before starting.

  • Grease a large rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.

  • Combine sugar, corn syrup, water, and salt in a heavy, 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir in peanuts and set a candy thermometer in place. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the temperature reaches 300 to 310 degrees F (150 to 155 degrees C)

  • Remove from the heat. Quickly stir in butter and baking soda, then immediately pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Quickly use 2 forks to lift and pull the mixture into a 12x14-inch rectangle. Let cool until completely firm, at least 30 minutes.

  • Use a mallet to break peanut brittle into pieces.


We recommend a candy thermometer for best results with this recipe. If you don't have one, in Step 3, try dropping a small amount of the boiling syrup in a bowl of cold water. If it forms hard, brittle threads, it's ready.

Nutrition Facts

144 calories; protein 2.2g; carbohydrates 22.3g; fat 6g; cholesterol 3.8mg; sodium 132.2mg. Full Nutrition