Buttery Microwave Peanut Brittle

"This is a great way to make peanut brittle. It is not too hard, and is more the texture of crackers. (Easier on the teeth!)"
photo by Diana 2 photo by Diana 2
photo by Diana 2
Ready In:
24 pieces




  • Mix sugar and syrup; cook on high temperature for 4 minutes in microwave.
  • Stir in peanuts with a wooden spoon. Cook on high temperature for 4 minutes more.
  • Stir in butter and vanilla, and cook 2 minutes on high.
  • Take out of oven, and add soda. Stir until mixed well. Work quickly!
  • Pour on buttered cookie sheet. Spread as thin as possible.
  • Cool before breaking into pieces.

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  1. Diana 2
    I've been making this exact recipe (found in a Pillsbury Christmas pamphlet) for about 15 years now, and it has never failed me. Hint: I put parchment paper on a cookie sheet, and keep them warm in the oven while I'm making the candy. This helps the brittle to spread thinner and more even. Update: This time I rolled the brittle between two sheets of parchment paper. This gave a very even brittle, as you can see in the picture. I'm not sure which way I like best, but it sure does taste *fantastic*.
  2. gruntlady
    excellent...easy...took Diana's advice about parchment paper & keeping warm in oven while making brittle..it did spread easier..very very good brittle thank you!!
  3. Az B8990
    Diana #2 sent this to me as part of my box of goodies for the 2008 Cookie Swap. I never knew peanut brittle could be so good. I love the texture - cruchy, but melt in your mouth at the same time. I also love that it's done in the microwave. It sounds so easy to make I'll for sure be giving it a try.


My husband and I are retired , and spend winters at our home in AZ, and summers back home in IA. We have two grown children, and three grandchildren. Most of my favorite recipes have come from my church cookbooks. Also enjoy exchanging recipes with friends, and relatives.
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