Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins

My dad found this recipe in 1994 and began making this every year, batch after batch, after batch. He thought I was crazy for asking him to copy the recipe out for me (I wanted HIS handwriting) but he did it. He made this such a special memory for our entire family. It's easy, made in microwave and soooo very good. I lost my dad to cancer in 2008 and now my eldest son is wanting to take on the tradition. Here's to you Daddy.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In 2 quart microwave safe bowl stir together the sugar & corn syrup.
  2. Microwave on high for 4 minutes. Stir in peanuts and microwave on high for another 4 minutes. Add butter & vanilla, stirring well. Microwave on high for additional 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in baking soda until light and foamy.
  4. Quickly pour mixture onto a lightly greased cookie sheet or slab marble. Let cool for 1 hour - break into pieces and store in tight container.
Most Helpful

Best brittle recipe. I have been making this for years. Tastes great. Never thought of using parchment paper. Thanks for tip.

janetc24 November 07, 2013

Could you make people more aware that due to the microwaving process involved in this recipe temperatures and timing may vary greatly? I attempted this recipe with a high efficiency microwave and ended up with a dangerous, bubbling, black tar-like mess. I am terrified to re-live the experience. Now my kitchen will smell like burned peanuts and sugar for weeks.

Creative Culinaire March 23, 2016