This easy peanut brittle candy recipe for the microwave will trick guests into thinking you slaved for hours in the kitchen. No one has to know how simple it is to make this yummy Christmas candy!
My love of Christmas candy making can be traced back to my high school chemistry teacher. Yup you read that right – my chemistry teacher!
My senior year, the day before Christmas break, my chemistry teacher taught us about the chemical reactions in peanut brittle and we made a batch to take home with us. The entire class got to make peanut brittle in beakers over bunsen burners. We had a blast making it and it tasted amazing. Best chemistry lab ever!
I went home and duplicated the recipe to make for my family for Christmas. And my love of candy making was born. I ventured on to other recipes, like my English Toffee, but peanut brittle will always hold a special place in my heart and I make it every year. So thank you Mr. Clegg, wherever you are!
Any of you who has made peanut brittle the traditional way knows it involves a lot of stirring and watching the candy thermometer. However, a few years back, a friend shared this easy microwave peanut brittle recipe with me. I had no idea that you could make peanut brittle in the microwave!
It truly is sooooo much easier and it tastes exactly the same as the peanut brittle made on the stovetop. You don’t have to stir it constantly and you don’t have to mess with a candy thermometer. I switched over to making it in the microwave and have never looked back. So I thought I would share the recipe with you today.
Easy Peanut Brittle Candy Recipe Ingredients:
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 1/2 cups unsalted dry roasted peanuts
- 1 tbs butter (the real stuff!)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking soda
Although I am all for batch cooking, I wouldn’t recommend doubling this no fail microwave peanut brittle recipe. If you do, you risk it boiling over and making a huge mess. And let me tell you – cleaning cooked peanut brittle out of the microwave is no fun!
Easy Peanut Brittle Candy Recipe for the Microwave
In a large microwaveable bowl, mix the sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high for 3 minutes, stir, then microwave for 2 minutes more.
I recommend using a bowl that holds 8 cups or more because once the sugar mixture starts boiling it will expand quite a bit. I use an 8 cup glass measuring bowl whenever I make this easy microwave peanut brittle recipe. It is sufficiently big enough that I don’t have to worry about the hot syrup boiling over and making a huge mess in my microwave oven.
Stir in the peanuts. Microwave an additional 3 to 5 minutes. (With my microwave it only takes 3 minutes.) The mixture will be golden brown.
Add the butter and stir it until is it completely melted. Return to the microwave for 1 more minute.
Mix in the vanilla. Then stir in the baking soda. Don’t worry that it will foam up on you – it’s supposed to happen!
Spread the hot candy onto a greased baking sheet and allow to cool completely. After it is cool, break the candy into pieces and store in an airtight container.
I recommend using a baking sheet with a lip around it when you make this no fail microwave peanut brittle to ensure the hot syrup doesn’t leak over the edges. (I use a quarter sheet pan which I got at my local restaurant supply store. You can also find them for a great price on Amazon.)
I also recommend lining your baking pan with a silicone baking mat. There’s no need to grease it and the candy won’t stick, so you can pull it up easily after it has cooled.
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This no fail microwave peanut brittle makes a great Christmas gift for family and friends. Just package some up in a decorative tin and add a tag and gift bow.
If you make this this easy peanut brittle candy recipe for the microwave, you will have to come back here and let me know how it turned out. I would love to hear from you! So tell me… Are you baking up a storm for Christmas? What goodies are you making?