Easy old fashioned peanut brittle made using an 1100 watt microwave. No candy thermometer needed! 👏
Peanut brittle! If you’ve never had it, you’re missing out. The sweetness, the crunch – the peanuts! This old fashioned peanut brittle recipe that you can make in the microwave is a family favorite! And it is so easy to make. You can wow your family – your friends – your kid’s teachers with a batch of this goodness.
This recipe has been made by my mom for decades. And this year I told her I wanted to make it as well. I don’t know why I thought that peanut brittle would be intimidating to make. With the microwave – it could not be easier! Using raw peanuts this recipe gives you the right amount of salty and sweet. Yum!
How to Make Peanut Brittle In the Microwave
First, you need a 1100 watt microwave to have success with this recipe. If your microwave is not 1100 watts I can’t guarantee the results. So if your microwave is not 1100 watts go out and buy a new microwave. It will be worth it. Just kidding. Sort of. 🙂
In a 1.5 quart baking dish combine raw peanuts, sugar and light corn syrup. So many recipes out there say to use regular peanuts. Don’t do it. You need raw peanuts that will cook naturally as you make this recipe. You can find raw peanuts with skins in the produce section of your grocery store. They’re not with all the other peanuts. Why? Why!
Microwave at 70% power for 4 minutes and 25 seconds. Stir like crazy. Put it back in the microwave at 70% power and microwave for another four minutes. Stir in the butter and vanilla. Microwave for the last time at 70% power for two minutes.
Immediately add the baking soda and stir until the peanut brittle is foamy and light.
Pour onto a greased baking sheet. The brittle will naturally spread to about 1/4 inch thickness.
Let cool and break apart. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to completely cool. Unless you’re like me and live in a drafty old farmhouse – you can cut that cooling time in half. 😉 When you think about how long sugar cookies take to make or even a pie, it makes you love peanut brittle that much more. The key is the microwave – the rest is just goodness.
Easy old fashioned peanut brittle made using an 1100 watt microwave. No candy thermometer needed. This recipe is the best!
1 1/2 Cups raw peanuts with skins
1 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup light corn syrup
1 tsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
**This recipe is based on a 1100 watt microwave.
Combine peanuts, sugar and corn syrup in a 1 1/2 quart microwavable dish.
Microwave for four minutes and 25 seconds at 70% power. Stir.
Microwave again for four minutes at 70% power.
Add butter and vanilla and stir until combined. Microwave for the final time at 70% power for 2 minutes.
Add baking soda and quickly stir until foamy and light.
Spread onto greased baking sheet. Let spread until about 1/4 inch thick.
Let cool, break and enjoy!
If you don’t have a 1100 microwave you can adjust the power at which the microwave is on. You do not need to adjust the time. For example, my mom originally did the recipe with a 700 watt microwave at full power. The 1100 watt example is at 70%.