This is a really simple way of making nut brittle, without using a candy thermometer or doing any of the stage tests. A trick that I use is to line the cookie sheet with parchment paper so there's no sticky stuff to pry off and then wash up.
This is a nice, different side dish to poultry. I usually serve at Christmas... the addition of the red hot candies give it a nice festive cinnamon flavor! Kids love it. I've substituted with Cranberry, always go back to Cherry. The flavors compliment each other well.
These are awesome!! I made these to go in my gingerbread gift bag for all the teachers, along with Gingerbread Scones (Gift Bag) recipe #132399, Gingerbread caramel corn recipe #118625, and Crockpot Apple Butter recipe #93886. Prep time does not include time needed to chill.
This puts store bought peanut brittle to shame. I prefer to use the skinless peanuts because I think the skins are bitter. The amount listed below for the peanuts is if you're using Virginia peanuts. If you're using Spanish peanuts then reduce the amount of peanuts to 1 1/2 cups. Be sure to watch the candy carefully the first time you make it.
Creamy. Soft. Peanut Buttery. My sister-in-law gave me this recipe nearly 30 years ago, and my family and friends have insisted that I make multiple batches of it during the Holidays ever since. They’ve been known to monitor the amount they each receive in goodie packages, and to actually fight over it. I usually omit the nuts, so that the creamy, melt in your mouth texture isn’t hindered.