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Grandma's Christmas Brittle Recipe

Grandma's Christmas Brittle Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Grandma's Christmas Brittle

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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"

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."

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!"

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. :)"

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Made this twice everyone like it."

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."

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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2011

"It needs more of something. Maybe butter."

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2011

"I made this delicious candy as a birthday treat for my grandpa. He loved it! Easy and tasty. Ty for sharing. :)"

Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"This is the best Peanut Brittle ever! done!!!"

Reviewed Nov. 28, 2011

"This is my first time for making Peanut Brittle and I really must say, this recipe is to DIE for. It did take a while to get to the correct temp. of 300 degrees, but so much worth the wait. I did use Planters cocktail peanuts instead of the Dry Roasted peanuts and left out the salt. This Peanut Brittle is sooooooooooo delicious. You really should try this recipe. Yummy-Yum-Yum"

Reviewed Dec. 15, 2010

"This is the first time I ever made peanut brittle, and it is delicious. I agree that it takes a lot longer to reach the temperatures needed. Worth the time and effort though!"

Reviewed Dec. 14, 2010

"thank you for this recipe! it turned out wonderful! i used almonds instead of peanuts and my husband and I LOVED it@"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2010

"This took us much longer than 15 minutes cooking time. More like 30+ minutes. But results were EXCELLENT!"

Reviewed Dec. 8, 2010

"I'm at 9,000 feet and it will not work, any advice from anyone?"

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2009

"This is the first time I have made peanut brittle and it turned out great. The preparation time took quite a bit longer, a long time stirring and waiting for it to reach the proper temp., but well worth it"

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2009

"This is the best peanut brittle I have ever made. It did take me longer than 15 minutes to prepare but it was worth it."

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2008

"My grown daughter was hesitant to try any recipe with a candy thermometer but it's so easy! We love it and now it is on our annual Christmas baking list."

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2007

"I love this quick and easy recipe!!! It has to be one of the best. I highly suggest this recipe. First time? Look no further! You have found what you need. My kids, husband and friends loved it!"

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