Grandma's Christmas Brittle Recipe
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Grandma's Christmas Brittle Recipe

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Whenever my grandmother was in the kitchen, everything had to be "just so" to guarantee her time-tested results. Watching her make this brittle is one of my favorite memories, and I'm glad I can pass on this delicious recipe.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) unsalted dry roasted peanuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 292 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.


  1. Grease two baking sheets and keep warm in a 200° oven. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reaches 240° (soft-ball stage). Stir in butter, salt and peanuts. Continue heating, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 300°.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the baking soda, 1 teaspoon water and vanilla. Remove saucepan from the heat. Stir in baking soda mixture. Quickly pour half the mixture over each baking sheet. Spread with a buttered metal spatula to a 1/4-in. thickness. Cool. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2-1/2 pounds.
Originally published as Grandma's Christmas Brittle in Country Woman November/December 1992, p38

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Jan364 User ID: 5328803 238897
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2015

"Not too hard and not too soft. Great! Have been using for a couple of years and still love it. JC"

Boovas User ID: 7717779 218403
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"Excellent. My husband loves it so much I have already had to make two more batches. Very creamy texture . I agree with tracybreland that it takes longer than 15 minutes and like her, I am a first timer at this. Definitely a keeper."

tracyjbreland User ID: 6387792 13237
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2014

"This is wonderful!!! I have never made peanut brittle before nor used a candy thermometer. The cooking time was a lot longer than 15 minutes but the results were amazing, everyone in my family loves it!"

imvideomom User ID: 1160174 13080
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2014

"A relative of ours gave us a HUGE can of peanuts and I was desperate to figure out how to use them up. This was the perfect recipe. I never made peanut brittle before, but this was very easy and tasted so much fresher than store bought brittle. Will make again should I receive another HUGE can of peanuts. :)"

Helenw7olf User ID: 6908048 36891
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Made this twice everyone like it."

dianeak User ID: 1608178 13079
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"This was my first time making peanut brittle - it turned out wonderful! Taste is excellent. I can't wait to give this brittle as gifts to family and friends."

idalagreca User ID: 6546828 25825
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2012

"Made this yesterday and it came out great! I did not have a candy thermometer so I googled how to make candy with out a thermometer and it came out perfect, family and friends were impressed."

mugscie User ID: 2057794 12502
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"The best Peanut Brittle I ever made. Do not add extra butter as I did by mistake the first time I made it. Read the recipe wrong. Candy ended up with a funny texture and didn't really harden. Recipe is great as is."

langang User ID: 5722096 10923
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"My first time making any candy. It was a long time to stir, but it turned out looking better than the picture and tasted so good."

twodogs16 User ID: 6280406 12501
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"It needs more of something. Maybe butter."

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