When I was a little girl my great-grandpa was a farmer in southeastern Virginia where peanuts are one of the main crops. I remember seeing a HUGE statue of the Mr. Peanut character from Planters on the side of one of the rural highways we’d often travel. Needless to say, peanuts were a big staple in the recipes my family made. Homemade peanut brittle always reminds me of back then, and while I love it there’s no way I have time for all the complication of candy thermometers and the rest of the old-fashioned process for making it. What I do have time for is this incredibly easy, super fast Microwave Peanut Brittle and I think you’re going to just love this recipe!
I normally cut straight to the recipe but it’s really important that you read these notes before making this recipe. This is not a recipe you can tweak or play around with…it just won’t work. You need to follow it perfectly or you’ll end up with a burnt mess. Nobody likes wasting ingredients or stinking up the house so let’s just follow these guidelines:
- Measure out all of your ingredients before starting the recipe. The process works quickly and you need to have everything ready before you start microwaving.
- Use a covered glass bowl to make your brittle. If you won’t have a bowl with a cover, use a plate like pictured above. Do not attempt to microwave this uncovered, you WILL burn it. Believe me, I know!!
- Finally, this recipe is correct for 1200 watt microwaves. If you open the door to your microwave there should be a sticker there somewhere that has the wattage. If you have a lower watt microwave you’ll need to increase the time. I’d recommend adding 30 seconds per step for a 1000 watt microwave. I don’t have experience yet making this in any microwaves with a lower wattage than that but you could experiment. Better to undercook than overcooking!
This is a picture of the mix after the second microwave session. It’s clear and bubbly. No burning here!
This is the brittle just after being spread onto the prepared pan and spread. After this step simply leave it at room temperature to harden, easy-peasy! Alright, on to the recipe!
Homemade Peanut Brittle
No need for complicated recipes or candy thermometers to make this delicious Microwave Peanut Brittle. With only ten minutes of prep time, you can have this candy perfect for gifting ready in just an hour!
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon margarine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Prepare a baking sheet with a silicone mat or non stick spray. Set aside.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl (with a lid) combine sugar, peanuts, corn syrup, and salt. Mix well. Cover and microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
- Remove the bowl and stir quickly. Cover and microwave an additional 2 minutes and 45 seconds.
- Remove bowl and stir in margarine and vanilla extract. Cover and microwave for 1 minute and 45 seconds.
- Remove bowl and stir in baking soda. Quickly mix, then spread onto the prepared baking sheet.
- Use to forks to spread the brittle into an even layer on the pan.
- Allow to cool 45 minutes before breaking into pieces.
- Prepare ALL ingredients ahead of time, you need to move quickly when making this and will not have time for measuring.
- This recipe is for a 1200 watt microwave. If your microwave wattage is different you will have to adjust the cooking times accordingly or risk burning your brittle.
- You MUST cover the bowl in the microwave or you will burn the brittle. No exceptions. If you do not have a glass bowl with a lid you can cover the bowl with a plate.
- Store in an airtight container up to one week.
I hope you enjoy this microwave peanut brittle! Here are some other easy recipe I love to make and gift for Christmas and other occasions:
- Microwave Pralines
- Microwave Caramel Popcorn
- Dark Chocolate Toffee Truffles
- White Chocolate Nut Pretzel Bark