Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle Recipe

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Old-fashioned peanut brittle is a classic favorite.


  • 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


  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle