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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

Ingredients

  • 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 serving (1 ounce) equals 292 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Directions

  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

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 ounce) equals 292 calories, 14 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 6 mg cholesterol, 247 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.

Reviews for Grandma's Christmas Brittle

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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!"

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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. :)"

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Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Made this twice everyone like it."

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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."

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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."

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