Homemade Peanut Brittle

Candy making, of any kind, was always something I was terrified of in the kitchen. I eased myself into it with Salted Caramel Sauce, then pushed myself a little further when I made Vanilla Bean Caramels for the first time. After those two things, I wasn’t scared of it anymore. The next thing I wanted to conquer was peanut brittle, which is one of the husband’s favorite thing on the planet.

My mom used to make cashew brittle all the time at Christmas, as a homemade treat for gift-giving, and it was delicious. But, I’d say my standard for peanut brittle was set when I first had See’s. Buttery, chock-full of peanuts, and tender to the bite – it was everything that a peanut brittle should be. After trying several recipes, I’ve narrowed it down to this one as coming the closest to what I’ve been searching for.

I like to use Spanish peanuts (still in their skins) for my peanut brittle. I usually find them around the bulk nut section of the produce department this time of year. But, I’ve also made it with regular old cocktail peanuts.

I usually make a couple batches to give as gifts, as it can be made well in advance. And folks are usually happy to receive something other than cookies. You can also swap out the peanuts for cashews, or even mix. Just keep a very close eye on it once you’ve added the nuts, as the temperature rises very quickly towards the end of cooking time!

Source: adapted from Food.com


  1. Posted December 20, 2014 at 9:27 PM | Permalink

    I had some homemade peanut brittle at a holiday party recently and got hooked.
    See I thought I wasn’t particularly fond of peanut brittle. WRONG! And you go—a recipe!

  2. Posted December 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM | Permalink

    Homemade peanut brittle is much much better than the store-bought ones and yours truly looks perfect!
    As I am new to your blog, would like to invite you to my blog as well. Merry Christmas in advance. Stay in touch!

  3. Linda Trujillo
    Posted November 19, 2015 at 2:30 PM | Permalink

    For your peanut brittle, do you use roasted or raw peanuts?

    • Posted November 23, 2015 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

      I prefer raw, but have used roasted in a pinch. Just make sure you get the lightly salted ones!

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