Monday, December 23, 2013

Peanut Brittle, the Slacker's (DELICIOUS) Gift

 Merry Eve of Christmas Eve! When this posts, I'll be on my way back from Texas to Massachusetts to spend time with family. It's likely I still have a gift or two to pick up, too. Oy!


If you're like me and wait until the last second to do EVERYTHING... then thank goodness for make-at-home gifts. Like peanut brittle. Or any kind of nut brittle! It's classy, tasty, and just about everyone loves it. Plus, despite it being a bit temperamental, it really is a quick and easy treat to put together.

I didn't have any corn syrup on hand, but I found an awesome recipe for peanut brittle without corn syrup, and I didn't even need to dig out my candy thermometer! Score.

Dipped in bittersweet chocolate or put in a Christmas tin, it makes a good last minute gift for just about anyone.

Peanut Brittle, Sans Corn Syrup
(Recipe from Average Betty)

  • 3 cups peanuts (or any nut you'd like!)
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda


First, prepare your cookie sheet. I used a cookie sheet covered in tin foil, sprayed liberally with no-stick cooking oil. A silpat would also work.

In a large pot over high heat, melt the sugar into the water, stirring constantly. Once sugar is dissolved, let alone for ten minutes. Stirring occasionally, watch the liquid like a friggin HAWK and as soon as it turns a light amber color, REMOVE FROM HEAT.

Immediately stir in salt, butter, vanilla, and baking soda. Step back! It WILL foam violently. Quickly fold in nuts and turn out onto your cookie sheet with a silicone spatula. Spread evenly and press down with spatula.

Let dry, about 20 minutes, and break apart with mallet or hands. Store in an airtight container.

4 comments:

  1. DIY gifts are the way to go methinks. Not only do they cost less, but I think people appreciate them more for the obvious effort you put in. I could eat a whole batch of this brittle!

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  2. mmm looks delicious !
    xoxo Brittany (fabulouslyfaint.blogspot.com)

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  3. yes! I love that you made this peanut brittle without corn syrup!

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