Have you ever wanted to learn how to make peanut butter brittle in the microwave? This microwave peanut brittle recipe is an easy sweet, salty and buttery peanut brittle that takes minutes to make. No- fuss, full proof method that requires no stove top candy thermometer! Vintage Christmas dessert that easily gifts and lasts for weeks!
Holiday recipes can mean anything from sweet corn casserole to fresh green beans, marshmallow fluff to deliciously sweet cookie dip. But one thing that reminds me so much of a vintage holiday is peanut brittle. Probably because the last time I could seriously enjoy it without worrying about a filling falling out was in my child hood (or maybe because of that) but nonetheless, peanut brittle is a delightful and enjoyable no bake Christmas dessert that also easily doubles a gift.
Now with a ton of holiday dessert options, baking is super involved. But with this peanut brittle, you need nothing more than a microwave, ingredients and a little care to not over cook or under stir. Sweet and salty, this simple dessert is nothing more than sugar, syrup and peanuts! Oh, and if you love the no baking dessert thing, you have to make these Bailey’s Chocolate Truffles as well, totally no bake to delicious!
Can the best peanut butter brittle recipe GET any easier? I think not!
Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe
Peanut butter brittle can be such a holiday tradition for many families. Skip the stove top and opt for this easy microwave version that creates your own homemade candy in minutes. With only about 15 minutes prep time (and an hour to harden), its also a dessert that is quick with simple steps.
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 cup raw peanuts (I used dry roasted, lightly salted peanuts)
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
Making Peanut Brittle Tips
- Making peanut brittle is a candy process and that means big heat. Even though this is a microwave oven, your sugar and corn syrup are gonna get scalding, so take serious care not burn yourself on the bowl or while stirring. Get some oven mitts~
- Prepping goes a long way (with pretty much all cooking) so to keep your candy from pre-maturely hardening, make sure you have everything measured and ready to go.
- Like more peanuts? You can add more but that’s more of a personal preference. 1 cup is plenty for most
- Want to gift your microwave peanut brittle? Once complete hard and broken down into smaller bits, I like to gift in mason jars!
- Like with all candy making, if you have an issue cleaning out your bowl from hardened candy, you have to re-heat before you clean. Just make sure its not scalding. This goes same for stove top versions as well.
- Seal in a tight container to keep moisture from getting in and leave in a room temperature environment. Do not refrigerate! If you need to do a double layer, put parchment paper in between or the top layer could easily stick to the bottom. It is candy after all.
How to make Peanut Brittle In the Microwave
Add white sugar and corn syrup into a large microwave safe bowl. Glass gets super hot. Microwave for 4 minutes. You want a large bowl because as you microwave, the mixture will double in size and bubble.
Mix well when cooking is complete.
Add peanuts and return to microwave for 3 minutes.
Mixture will bubble and double in size again and begin to brown in color.
Stir well after cooking.
Add butter and vanilla and cook for 1 minute more. Mix well.
Add baking soda and mix.
Mixture will change color (cloudy) and bubble.
Quickly pour into prepared pan (either use wax paper and nonstick spray or parchment paper) and gently spread.
Let set to harden.
Once hard, use a sharp knife to cut brittle into pieces.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1/2
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 361 Total Fat: 13g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 2mg Sodium: 333mg Carbohydrates: 60g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 56g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 6g