Homemade Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle Northern Yum Print
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Homemade Peanut Brittle

Old Fashioned Peanut Brittle

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes


A simple recipe for homemade, old-fashioned peanut brittle. A traditional Christmas candy.




  1. Prepare a sheet pan with parchment paper, set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, stir the sugar and corn syrup together until mixed well.
  3. Cook the sugar and corn syrup over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is bubbling.
  4. Stir in the peanuts and cook until the mixture is light brown in color.
  5. Add the butter and vanilla extract
  6. Cook until your candy thermometer reaches 295-309ºF. Or until the candy on your mixing spoon hardens. (This is the trick to making this recipe without a candy thermometer!)
  7. Add the baking soda and gently stir until foamy.
  8. On the sheet pan, lined with parchment paper, spread out the candy peanut mixture in a thin layer.
  9. Let the peanut brittle harden and cool completely.
  10. Break the brittle into pieces. 
  11. Store in a metal tin or airtight container.


Do not use wax paper; the peanut brittle will stick.

If you use raw peanuts, you will need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

Please be careful with the hot candy mixture.

Keywords: peanut brittle, peanuts, candy, holiday, christmas

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