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microwave peanut brittle
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4 from 2 votes

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Delicious microwave peanut brittle, with a Christmasy-spice blend.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 84kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ cup lite corn syrup
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1-½ cup salted peanuts
  • 2 tsp. butter divided
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  • ¼ tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Instructions

  • Before you start, place a metal cookie sheet in a 200 degree F. oven to warm.
  • Although this is a pretty easy recipe, it requires you to move fast, so all the ingredients should be measured out and easily accessible before you get started.
  • Mix corn syrup and sugar in a large glass bowl, or measuring cup, and microwave on high for two minutes.
  • Remove bowl from the oven and stir thoroughly. Microwave for two more minutes.
  • Stir in peanuts and microwave for three additional minutes.
  • Add half the butter, vanilla, and all the spices, except the baking soda. Stir to combine all the ingredients and microwave for two additional minutes. During this time, remove the warmed pan from the oven and butter with the reserved teaspoon of butter.
  • After two minutes have elapsed, sprinkle the baking soda over the peanut mixture. Mix vigorously, until the mixture becomes lighter in color and foamy.
  • Quickly pour out the mixture over the warmed pan. Spread by tilting the pan back and forth. Avoid spreading with a spatula, as this will pop all the tiny bubbles that make the brittle airy and light.
  • Cool completely before breaking into pieces. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Wattage—Please be advised that the wattage of your microwave does matter. The microwave used for this recipe is 1700 Watts (1.7 KW). Depending on your own microwave's wattage, the cooking time might need to be adjusted. Check out this post regarding Adjusting cooking times based on microwave wattage.
  • Work Fast—Although this is a pretty easy recipe, it requires you to move fast, so all the ingredients should be measured out and easily accessible before you get started.

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g