Learn the secret to buttery Microwave Peanut Brittle (minus the burnt taste!). It's easier than you think to create that crunchy, airy texture. Yes, in your microwave.
My husband Jim is a huge peanut brittle fan. Me? Less so: My memories of peanut brittle involve making it in a chemistry lab in high school. Crunchy? Yes. Burnt-tasting? Definitely.
I actually thought the burnt taste was normal. That peanut brittle lovers were just crazy people who liked the taste of burnt peanuts. Luckily, Jim set me straight.
When made correctly, Microwave Peanut Brittle is light and airy, crunchy and sweet. It reminds me of Honeycomb, or Fairy Food, or whatever golden, buttery-crisp food comes to mind. It's addictive. It's heavenly. It's perfection.
The secret? That's easy: Microwave the ingredients at 50% power.
When you microwave at full power, it's easy for everything to overheat and burn in a matter of seconds. Shave off minutes to avoid the burning, and you wind up with undercooked, chewy, unhappy brittle.
But when you microwave at 50% power, something magical happens. Chemistry, I suppose. That's a lot of goodness to come out of 7 ingredients and 12 minutes.
Once you've successfully cooked your brittle mixture at 50% until lightly golden and fragrant, just pour it onto a lined cookie sheet and cool. Break into chunks and devour. Store leftovers (if there are any) in an airtight container at room temperature.
It's fun, it's fearless, and it's delicious. Make it now.
Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- Line a large cookie sheet with parchment paper, wax paper, or a silicone mat. In a deep microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Mix thoroughly and microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes.
- Stir in peanuts and microwave on HIGH until the mixture is light brown, about 3 to 5 minutes longer.
- Stir in butter and vanilla until combined. Microwave on HIGH until peanuts are lightly browned, about 1 to 2 minutes longer.
- Stir in baking soda until mixture is light and foamy. Pour onto prepared pan and cool 30 minutes. Break into pieces to serve and store in an airtight container.