With just a handful of ingredients and a few minutes in the microwave, this Easy Nut Brittle is a last minute time saver for surprise guests or gifts.
Peanut brittle has always been a family favorite. I mean, who doesn’t like caramel like candy surrounding salty nuts with a hint of vanilla? It’s probably one of my favorite if not THE favorite candy for the holidays. Or just the favorite candy. Aside from bourbon balls, of course.
Growing up peanut brittle was a production. I mean, we had to plan it weeks in advance. There was always a trip to Southern States to pick up the raw peanuts. They had to be raw peanuts. Don’t ask me why, but that’s what we did.
Not that I minded. That crunchy peanut treat was one that I thoroughly enjoyed! The slight caramel flavor combined with the peanuts in that fluffy light candy. It’s enough to make my mouth water.
I remember sheet pan after sheet pan coated with aluminum foil. We coated the foil in butter or oil. They were scattered throughout the kitchen. Almost every countertop was covered with sheet pans. We never really did anything in a small scale growing up.
The large pot was on the stove. The sugar and corn syrup were bubbling away on the stove. The importance of being careful not to boil it too long or with high heat. And the fear of God was put into us when the peanuts and baking soda went into the pot.
If the mixture boiled over it would make the biggest mess that was like cement to try to clean up. So, you didn’t want it to boil over. Ever. Or else you were scrubbing that overflow off the stove for days.
It was always hurry up and wait. Hurry up to get all the ingredients in pot and then wait for it all to boil. And wait. And wait. Just when you couldn’t wait any more, it was time to add the nuts and baking soda. And the furry of pouring the brittle in the sheet pans ensued.
It was painful waiting for the brittle to cool so we could break it apart and nibble on the smaller pieces. Because the larger bits went into tins that Mom and Dad would giveaway to friends and co-workers throughout the holiday season. And those tins were such a delight to receive.
Unfortunately, I have not inherited the gift of making this delicious treat on the stove. But, I have learned that you can make this in the homemade easy peanut brittle microwave oven. I didn’t invent this method, I just tweaked it for my own microwave and tastes.
While peanut brittle is delicious, this nut brittle is even more delicious! I used the deluxe mixed nuts with fewer peanuts in there, then added some extra vanilla, and some cinnamon. Let me tell you, this Easy Nut Brittle is so good you won’t want to give it away. You’ll want to save it all for yourself.
You see what I meant? Those are almonds front and center! Also buried in the candy are cashews, pistachios, Brazil nuts, and some pecans. I think there’s a few peanuts in there, but feel free to use a mix of nuts you prefer. Just make sure you add the little touch of cinnamon. It is the secret to making these completely irresistible.
- 1 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups deluxe mixed nuts
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with butter. Set aside.
- Combine syrup and sugar in a large, microwave safe, glass dish. Microwave on high 4 minutes.
- Stir in the mixed nuts and microwave on high 3 minutes, stir, and 2 minutes more.
- Remove from the microwave and stir in the salt and vanilla and spices. Then stir in the baking soda.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared baking sheet and carefully spread it out with a rubber spatula.
- Allow to cool completely before breaking into bite sized pieces, placing in a decorative tin, and giving it to a friend, neighbor, or whomever you choose!
Nutrition InformationYield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 186Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 308mgCarbohydrates 32gFiber 1gSugar 29gProtein 2g
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