Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins

A very easy-to-make peanut brittle for those of us who are unsuccessful at making brittle the old fashioned way. This recipe was given to me by the dietary manager at a nursing facility where I was employed. I have made it with raw pecans and canned cashews, as well as peanuts and it turns out great whichever nut you use.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine peanuts, sugar, Karo and salt in 2 qt glass bowl (preferably one with a handle).
  2. Microwave for 3 minutes and stir, then microwave for another 3 minutes.
  3. Add butter and stir well.
  4. Microwave for 2 more minutes, then add baking soda and vanilla, stirring until light and foamy.
  5. Pour onto a greased or buttered cookie sheet or greased or buttered waxed paper and let sit until cool.
  6. Break into pieces and store in container.


Most Helpful

This is so perfect a retired Army Master Sergeant can do it. I got paid to kill people and teach others the same. I tell people that this reciepe was handed down through my family from General Sam Houston at the Alamo to my Great Grandmother. Suckers believe me. GREAT!!!!

ruckerra36 January 18, 2009

I used almonds, pecans and peanuts. Followed the directions as posted (easy to follow) BUT I made the mistake of using wax paper to cool it. There was just no way the wax paper would release the candy!! NO WAY I suggest anyone using wax paper liberally spray it or grease it up. I had to throw the whole bunch away. No way was I going to serve wax paper lined brittle to my guests. Sorry cam7

Tebo May 22, 2006

Very Easy, and very good! Thanks for the great recipe!!

Lacy S. May 10, 2006

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