Cinnamon Peanut Brittle Recipe
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Cinnamon Peanut Brittle Recipe

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I made this sweet and crunchy candy for Christmas and sent some with my husband to work. His co-workers liked it so much they asked for more. It has a lovely glossy appearance, is packed with peanuts and gets a different flavor from cinnamon. -Grace Miller, Mansfield, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups salted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

2 parfait: 296 calories, 15g fat (2g saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 274mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (29g sugars, 3g fiber), 8g protein .


  1. In a 2-qt. microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Heat, uncovered, on high for 3 minutes; stir. Heat 2-1/4 minutes longer. Stir in peanuts, butter and cinnamon.
  2. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 20-30 seconds or until mixture turns a light amber color (mixture will be very hot). Quickly stir in baking soda and vanilla until light and foamy.
  3. Immediately pour onto a greased baking sheet and spread with a metal spatula. Refrigerate for 20 minutes or until firm; break into small pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 1-1/4 pounds.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Cinnamon Peanut Brittle in Quick Cooking September/October 1999, p29

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kittycatgirl17 80721
Reviewed May. 4, 2014

"This recipe is a fantastic treat or holiday gift! A pretty package and some gilt-edged ribbon make this pretty-as-a-picture peanut brittle look pretty enough for the Queen of England. The first time I made this with my mom, it took no time at all for my family to crunch it all up!"

RobinTuka 69238
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

"I love this it was easy to make and tastes great, all the people I have made it for also love it thank you!"

mamaknowsbest 58205
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2013

"This was one of the first brittle recipes I ever made. It turned out great! Easy to prepare. Simple directions. Great taste. I have since started to add a dash of red pepper to kick up the spicy cinnamon flavor. Every ones this recipe. It is also great to take to parties/potluck because it is usually the on brittle on the dessert table!"

xrayeyes2 203282
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2012

"Very easy recipe! If you like peanut brittle that's LOADED with peanuts, follow the recipe. If you like the crunchy candy portion a lot, I'd only use a cup of peanuts."

mrylgrbr 25384
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Too many peanuts for the amount of sugar/syrup mixture."

juicyfruit007 88645
Reviewed May. 5, 2011

"I don't know if I would make this again, but I gave it the benefit of the doubt. This was easy, good and made pretty toffee, but I wasn't blown away. I did use unsalted nuts, so maybe salted would've been better."

Bolero 203281
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2010

"My old recipe was for a lower wattage microwave--this update with shorter cooking times for an 1100 watt microwave and the addition of cinnamon is wonderful! So easy!"

kim1012 203280
Reviewed Dec. 2, 2010

"To the folks who struggled with this recipe - don't give up on it!! It's really good, if you have a little patience with it.

I was ready to throw it in the trash - by the time I needed to add the baking soda, I could barely get the spoon through it (I BROKE a measuring spoon just trying to scrape the excess off!) I was too busy to just throw it away (sounds odd, I know!) so I actually put it in the pan, and tossed it in the oven (it was already baking something else) at a low temp (250) for a few minutes (I didn't time it...but checked it until it was spreading in the pan and the candy looked "normal").
This got rave reviews from people I work with, and I even liked it. I will definitely make it again, however I will decrease the amount of peanuts because there were far too many for my liking. Loved the hint of cinnamon, though!!"

missesvaughan 69235
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2009

"This was a horrible nightmare. I followed the directions 100%. By the time I was ready to add the vanilla and baking soda it was pretty much clumped in my bowl unable to be stirred. Will never make again. It was such a bad recipe that I couldn't even salvage a little bit. BIG waste of time and money!"

fusegirl 26733
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"Boo! Epic FAIL. I followed the directions completely and it was a mess - too many nuts, not enough "syrup" to contain them, completely un-spreadable, even with EVERYTHING buttered - the pan, the spatula - what a waste of ingredients!! I'm going back to the old fashioned way with a thermometer and some patience - just like my Grama showed me!! Boo!"

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