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Schoolhouse Peanut Brittle

I cook my caramel to the point where it’s a beautiful rich shade of amber. That gives it a very dark, intense taste. But you have to work quickly with it. —Bess Kuzma, Denver, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 5 min. Cook: 50 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2-3/4 pounds


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 cups Spanish or cocktail peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Line three 15x10x1-in. pans with parchment. (Do not spray or grease.)
  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and corn syrups. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Using a pastry brush dipped in water, wash down the sides of the pan to eliminate sugar crystals. Cook, without stirring, over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 260° (hard-ball stage).
  • Stir in peanuts and butter; cook to 300° (hard-crack stage), about 9 minutes longer, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from the heat; stir in baking soda and vanilla. (Mixture will foam.) Immediately pour into prepared pans, spreading as thin as possible. Cool completely. Break into pieces. Store between layers of waxed paper in airtight containers.

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  • erinshea1982
    Oct 31, 2019

    Awesome peanut brittle. Love the flavor the dark corn syrup gives it!

  • Karina123
    Feb 9, 2016

    Mine didn't harden I don't know what I did wrong

  • Prairie Love
    Dec 14, 2014

    I hadn't ever used dark syrup in brittle before but it gave this incredible richness. It was wonderful and I'm going to make this again since my first batch was devoured in a day!!!

  • fullerbrushgal
    Aug 21, 2014

    Love this recipe. Easy, so yummy. Need to work fast though. I added TJ Coconut chips and that is good too!

  • nmoore82
    Mar 26, 2013

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  • poe_1237
    Jan 4, 2013

    I am not ususally a big fan of peanut brittle, I think I don't like the taste of to much baking powder. What ever it is, this recipe got it right! I really enjoyed it and so did the friends I made it for!

  • Annie Kien
    Dec 11, 2012

    Best peanut brittle I've ever made! Delicious! This will be a staple in my Christmas candy list for years to come!

  • psmccoy
    Dec 8, 2012

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  • slhendri
    Nov 25, 2012

    I made this recipe last night. It turned out exactly as it should and tastes great. This will now be a holiday tradition in our home from now on!!! Thanks,

  • larry1942
    Nov 24, 2012

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