Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle Recipe

Make this Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle Recipe for the holidays.

November/December 2014

  • Old-fashioned peanut brittle is a classic favorite.
    Photo by Fotolia/Michael Ballard

Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle


• 2 cups sugar
• 1 cup water
• 1 cup light syrup
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 tablespoon butter
• 1 cup raw peanuts
• 1 teaspoon baking soda


1. In saucepan, mix sugar, water and syrup; cook over moderate heat until a small amount of mixture forms a soft ball when tested in cold water (235 to 245 F).

2. Add salt, butter and peanuts, and continue cooking, stirring often, until candy becomes golden brown. Add baking soda; stir up and pour immediately on large sheet of heavy wax paper.

3. Cool thoroughly, then break into pieces.

Interested in some more special treats for Thanksgiving and Christmas? Whip up some of the homemade delights featured in Recipe Box: Holiday Candy Recipes.

Associate Editor Jean Teller is sure she’s not the only one to consider the candy and desserts one of the best – and certainly the most tasty – parts of the holiday season.