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Easiest Microwave Peanut Brittle

All you need is your microwave and a glass bowl!

Peanut Brittle is addictive stuff but the candy thermometer and the fear of dealing with boiling hot sugar can be daunting enough to prevent you from making it. But this Peanut Brittle… well this is Peanut Brittle made entirely in the microwave, so all you have to deal with is pressing some buttons and giving things a stir here and there to get you to that peanuty candy crunch. It couldn’t be easier and it’s just as sweet, salty, crunchy, and addictive as any brittle that was born on the stove top.

The ingredient list is pretty much the same as stove top brittle. You’ll start with sugar and corn syrup that you let take a turn in the microwave. (A big glass bowl is your friend here.)

And then you stir in peanuts and salt and give it another go in the microwave. And then you stir in butter and vanilla and microwave once more. See? Easy. Anyone can do that.

The final step is just to stir in some baking soda before pouring the mixture out onto a baking sheet to cool. That’s what gives it a nice airy texture so it’s not too brutal of a crunch.

And that’s it! Once cool, you break it into pieces and enjoy that signature candy snap of peanuts and caramelized sugar. No candy thermometer, no saucepan of bubbling sugar… just a few quick stirs, the beep of a microwave, and you get to enjoy a salty-sweet candy classic.

Easiest Microwave Peanut Brittle

Serves 9

5m prep time

10m cook time

4.8
4.8 rating
Rated by 17 reviewers
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for greasing
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Preparation
  1. Liberally grease a baking sheet with butter. Set aside.
  2. In a large glass bowl, stir together sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high power for 3 1/2 minutes.
  3. In a large glass bowl, stir together sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on high power for 3 1/2 minutes.
  4. Stir in peanuts and salt, then microwave again on high power for 3 minutes, stirring hallway through cooking time.
  5. Stir in peanuts and salt, then microwave again on high power for 3 minutes, stirring hallway through cooking time.
  6. Stir in butter and vanilla until melted, then microwave once more on high power for 1 1/2 minutes.
  7. Stir in baking soda and pour out onto prepared baking sheet. Spread out lightly and allow to cool.
  8. Stir in baking soda and pour out onto prepared baking sheet. Spread out lightly and allow to cool.
  9. Once cool, break into pieces and enjoy!
  10. Once cool, break into pieces and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Creative Bite.