1200 Watt Microwave Peanut Brittle

Total Time
16mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 6 mins

Bravo to Love2Eat’s Peanut Brittle in a Jiffy #58383 - it got me started, but with the adjustments for my higher powered microwave and some flavor changes I thought I should write my own recipe. I can not say how much Love2Eat’s note about having everything measured out and ready to go was a life saver. I use an 8 cup pyrex measuring bowl with a handle as this mixture bubbles up and gets very hot (bowl gets very hot too) - it is MOLTEN SUGAR- if your work area is not right next to your sink - have a bowl of ice water in case of burns. THIS RECIPE IS FOR A 1200 WATT MICROWAVE. Oh yeah, I sorta faked it on how many this will serve - it is habit forming.

Directions

  1. Line a baking/cookie sheet with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray or grease with butter.
  2. Put 1 tablespoon molasses in a ½ cup measuring cup and then fill with corn syrup (spray cup with cooking spray first, so corn syrup will come out easier).
  3. Put corn syrup mixture and white sugar in an eight cup bowl and mix well then microwave on high for 2 minutes, remove and stir and then microwave for 1 more minute.
  4. Remove from microwave and add peanuts, stir into bubbling sugar mixture and microwave for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from microwave and then stir in butter and vanilla and microwave for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from microwave and quickly stir in baking soda - it will get somewhat white and foamy - spread out onto baking sheet - you can let it cool at room temperature or cool in the fridge. Put mixing bowl cup in sink under hot running water to aid in cleanup.
  7. * I add the molasses because it gives the brittle a beautiful color - it is not required to make the recipe - if you don’t want to use it, just use a full ½ cup of corn syrup. Watch out with sampling - this stuff is habit forming - if you want to bump it up a notch - add 1 teaspoon cinnamon to sugars at begining (my daughter and I like) or if you really want to kick up it up - add the cinnamon and 1/3 teaspoon caynne pepper - hot stuff. I love the sweet and spicy.
Most Helpful

I bought a new microwave this year and my old recipe burned the peanut brittle. I tried to adjust it and it did not work. I found this recipe and tried it. It is GREAT! I made 4 batches and each on came out okay. The only thing I would suggest not to do is use real vanilla, it gave it a burnt taste. Thanks for saving me this Christmas.

knitster52 December 17, 2014

I tried this in my 1200 watt microwave oven, and unfortunately my brittle was chewy and underdone! The 'usual' 4-4-2 recipe burns it to a crisp. Thanks for writing this one up, I'll tweak it for another minute or so and hopefully it'll be just right.

maxineiscute December 26, 2012