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Burnt Peanuts Recipe

As far as my family's concerned, I can't make this nutty snack too often. In fact, I save pint jars throughout the year as containers for this popular Christmas present.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring, optional
  • 2 cups raw Spanish peanuts with skins (no substitutes)


  • 1. In a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and food coloring if desired. Bring to a boil over medium heat; stir in peanuts. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes or until peanuts are coated and no syrup remains. Spread peanuts into an ungreased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan; separated with a fork. Bake at 300° for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature. Yield: about 4 cups.

Nutritional Facts

1/4 cup: 153 calories, 9g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 78mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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Reviewed Nov. 30, 2013

"I love these and so do my family and friends. They are so easy to make. It is a great gift too!"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"Very simple to make-you have to watch carefully because it goes from syrup to coated in the blink of an eye. I made a batch with red food coloring and a batch with green food coloring and mixed them after they were done for the holidays-very pretty!"

Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"This is a simple treat to make--you have to really watch as the peanuts boil because it goes from syrup to coated in the blink of an eye. For the holidays I made a batch with the red food color and another batch with green food color and mixed them--very pretty and my family loved them."

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