Easy Peanut Brittle

This fast version of peanut brittle is yummy and kid-friendly with the measuring and mixing, but particularly good for a game of Candy Land while it’s cooling. The microwave makes this easy peanut brittle recipe a simple, fast treat, but the syrup comes out very hot, so pouring it is a job for adults only!

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon butter or margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda

In a 1 1/2-quart microwave-safe bowl, stir together the sugar, syrup, peanuts, and salt, mixing well. Microwave on high for 6 minutes. (Times will vary depending on microwave wattage.) Carefully swirl the butter or margarine and vanilla extract into the mixture; don’t stir. Microwave for another 30 seconds. The peanuts should be light brown, the syrup will have darkened slightly, and the mixture will be very hot (300 degrees on a candy thermometer). Add baking soda and gently stir the mixture until it’s light and foamy. Pour it onto a lightly buttered cookie sheet. (For a thinner brittle, first warm the sheet in the oven.) Let the brittle cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, then break it into small pieces. Makes 2 pounds.

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