Chunky Peanut Brittle Recipe
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Chunky Peanut Brittle Recipe

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As a farm girl, I often made Christmas goodies with my mother for our family of eight candy-loving kids. Now, my own children and grandkids say the season wouldn't by the same without a tray filled with this chocolaty peanut brittle.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:40 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 40 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons plus 1-1/2 cups butter, divided
  • 2 cups peanut butter chips, divided
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/2 cups salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 183 calories, 13g fat (6g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 117mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein


  1. Butter the bottom and sides of a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. pan with 1-1/2 teaspoons of butter. Sprinkle with 1 cup peanut butter chips; set aside.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, bring sugar, corn syrup, water and remaining butter to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until butter is melted. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 300° (hard-cracked stage).
  3. Remove from the heat; stir in peanuts. Quickly pour onto prepared pan; sprinkle with chocolate chips and remaining peanut butter chips. With a knife, gently swirl softened chips over top of brittle. Cool before breaking into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 pounds.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Chunky Peanut Brittle in Country Woman November/December 2003, p29

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Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"I've been making this brittle for years. It's a Christmas family tradition to make. Absolutely love it."

Reviewed Nov. 11, 2012

"This is absolutely amazing. Tastes delicious and the texture is divine. Have made several times and will make again soon!! Have had many compliments!"

Reviewed Nov. 6, 2012

"This candy is seriously the best brittle I have ever made or tasted. It's definitely not figure friendly, but hey, what candy is! It isn't difficult to chew at all with all the chips in it."

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"This is the third year I have made these. Foolproof, easy, and plenty of complements."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2009

"I am not a big fan of normal peanut brittle, so I decided to try it out. It is MUCH easier to make than the other and very yummy!! This recipe was a hit at our party."

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