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Schoolhouse Peanut Brittle

Total Time

Prep: 5 min. Cook: 50 min. + cooling

Makes

2-3/4 pounds

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
Schoolhouse Peanut Brittle Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  1. Line three 15x10x1-in. pans with parchment. (Do not spray or grease.)
  2. 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).
  3. Stir in peanuts and butter; cook to 300° (hard-crack stage), about 9 minutes longer, stirring frequently.
  4. 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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