A peanut brittle that’s easy to make. For anyone with a sweet tooth on your Christmas list, there’s nothing better than the gift of homemade peanut brittle.
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 cup light corn syrup
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups shelled unroasted peanuts
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Grease a cookie sheet (15×17 inches), and place it in the oven to keep warm. Combine the baking soda, vanilla and the 1 teaspoon of water; set aside.
Mix sugar, corn syrup, and the 1 cup water in a 3-quart saucepan. Heat to boiling, reduce temperature to medium and stir occasionally, to 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
Mix in butter and peanuts; continue heating, stirring constantly, until mixture reaches 300 degrees F. Remove from heat and quickly stir in the baking soda mixture until it’s light and foamy.
Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and pour the peanut brittle on; quickly spread it to about 1/4 inch thick. When completely cool, break the candy into pieces and store in a metal container with lid.
Note: Once you add the peanuts make sure you watch the peanut brittle carefully so that it does not burn.
* Plus make sure to have the ingredients for this recipe measured out in advance and waiting to add to the recipe.