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Easy Microwave Peanut Brittle

Updated on December 24, 2017
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Cygnet Brown, graduated Magna Cum Laude from Argosy University. She is an author of twelve books and a long-time gardener.

peanut brittle and butterscotch pecan fudge
peanut brittle and butterscotch pecan fudge

Make Hassle-free Peanut Brittle in the Microwave

Several years ago, when my sons were little, a friend of mine gave me this recipe for making peanut brittle. Until she gave me this recipe, I would have never dreamed of making peanut brittle. Most recipes are for it are so difficult and time consuming and often it just doesn't seem to work right. I am certainly happy that I found this recipe because peanut brittle is my husband's favorite candy, especially during the holiday season.

Cooking Times Vary from Microwave to Microwave

Making peanut brittle with this microwave recipe is easy, except I do need to make this disclaimer.

Different microwaves require different lengths of time in order to make the peanut brittle correctly. With the microwave I am currently using, I must use the longer cook time. Other microwaves I have used required less time. Once I adjusted the cook time to this particular microwave, I just take the few simple ingredients required, an oven safe bowl, microwave and a cookie sheet and I make make perfect peanut brittle every time.

Gather All Peanut Brittle Ingredients before Starting

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 cup raw peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Instructions for Making Simple Microwave Peanut Brittle

  1. In 1 1/2 quart oven safe bowl, stir together sugar and corn syrup, microwave for 4 minutes, lightly butter cookie sheet while mixture is cooking
  2. Salt raw peanuts then stir in sugar and corn syrup mixture, (Be careful, use wooden spoon or spoon with insulated handle as contents of bowl will be VERY hot.) Microwave another 3-5 minutes until syrup is light brown.
  3. Add butter and vanilla blend well (Contents of bowl VERY HOT) Microwave 1-2 minutes
  4. Add baking soda and stir until mixture is light and foamy (Remember contents VERY HOT). Pour mixture onto lightly greased cookie sheet.
  5. Cool 1/2- 1 full hour. Break peanut brittle into pieces
  6. Store in an air tight container

Cook Time for Microwave Peanut Brittle

Prep time: 15 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: one pound

Word of Caution About Simple Microwave Peanut Brittle

PEANUT BRITTLE GETS EXTREMELY HOT! I know I have said it before, but this peanut brittle gets very hot as it cooks so be certain that you take precautions in keeping children out of the kitchen and using proper protections against burns.

I repeat: KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM HOT PEANUT BRITTLE! Can cause severe burns.

Also, after pouring the finished peanut brittle out of the glass bowl DO NOT POUR WATER INTO HOT BOWL! IT WILL BREAK! Allow bowl to cool before attempting to clean.

Do you Like This Recipe?

5 stars from 1 rating of Simple Microwave Peanut Brittle

© 2013 Cygnet Brown


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      Ann Hinds 

      5 years ago from So Cal

      I just found this recipe on another site and loved it. We do not need to store it in airtight containers because we have nothing left to store. This is so much simpler than any other recipe I've seen. Pinning your page for future reference.

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      Cygnet Brown 

      6 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      teaches12345, Your husband will love it! once you figure out the timing in YOUR microwave, you'll be able to make it any time your husband wants it!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      My hubby loves peanut brittle and this may be a treat to try some time when he gets a craving. Thanks for sharing.

    • cygnetbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Cygnet Brown 

      6 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      Thanks DrBill-WmL-Smith!

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      William Leverne Smith 

      6 years ago from Hollister, MO

      My wife will like this! Merry Christmas! ;-)

    • cygnetbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Cygnet Brown 

      6 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      Thanks, VictoriaSheffield!

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 

      6 years ago from Georgia

      I love this stuff! If I don't watch myself, I could eat an entire box!

    • cygnetbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Cygnet Brown 

      6 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      you are welcome, suzettenaples!

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      Suzette Walker 

      6 years ago from Taos, NM

      I love peanut brittle! This is a fantastic recipe and one that looks and sounds easy to make. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us. I will definitely be trying this one out!

    • cygnetbrown profile imageAUTHOR

      Cygnet Brown 

      6 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      That was quick! I barely got it out there before you commented, Bill. Merry Christmas to you and yours! May God Bless!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very cool. For some reason I would never have thought of making peanut brittle in a microwave. Thanks for the idea my friend and Merry Christmas to you.


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