Peanut Brittle-without a thermometer

by Suzanne on December 19, 2010

in Sweet Things

My husbands favorite candy is this peanut brittle, he loves peanuts and the great crunch this candy has. The recipe is one of my favorites too because there is no messing with the candy thermometer and there are only four ingredients. My good friend Louise gave me this recipe years ago and it is beloved by all who love peanut brittle.

Peanut Brittle-without a thermometer

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 cup of raw peanuts
1 tsp. baking soda
pinch of salt


  • prepare cookie sheet or foil by spraying a light coat of cooking spray.
  • measure 1 tsp. baking soda and set aside
  • in medium size pan, put corn syrup, sugar, and peanuts in the pan and cook on medium-hight heat constantly stirring
  • Stir until the peanuts start to turn light brown, the peanuts will start to smell cooked too

  • take off heat and add a pinch of salt and baking soda and stir well
  • pour onto prepared pan and let it spread out

    • let cool and break into bit size pieces.
    • store in zip-lock bag


  • It’s helpful to have oven mitts handy while stirring the peanut brittle and pouring it onto the pan.
  • The candy is very hot and the pan it is poured on will also get hot so be careful.
  • Do not double the recipe.
  • Make sure the peanuts are raw or they will be over cooked and burnt.

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1 Kerri December 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I have made so many batches of peanut Brittle this month, I'm afraid I'll never eat it again. oh, probably not! Yumm-O

2 heather December 20, 2010 at 5:53 am

I'm making my first batch of peanut brittle this Christmas for gifts. The secret ingredient in mine — beer! Hope it works out as well as yours. (And if I fail, I know where to turn for an easy recipe!)



3 The Blue-Eyed Bakers December 20, 2010 at 7:28 am

Woohoo – we LOVE peanut brittle! Especially the easy to make no thermometer kind!

4 Lynn @ Loco Cocoa&#0 December 20, 2010 at 8:09 am

Thanks for a simple recipe, love the fact you don't need a candy thermometer!!

5 Tracy December 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Just a heads up – the ingredient list says baking powder but the ingredient photo shows baking soda. Just in case anyone wonders it needs to be soda.

6 Suzanne December 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

ooops thanks for that I just corrected it.

7 Reeni December 20, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Such an easy peasy recipe! I love it – and am adding it to my baking list!

8 Rich December 21, 2010 at 2:52 am

Yup, I think you just made the decision for me: it's peanut brittle time in my kitchen.

9 Sprinkles of Parsley December 21, 2010 at 9:39 am

I've never made peanut brittle, but this is really convincing me it's about time I try it! Looks delicious!!

10 Ildy December 23, 2010 at 2:28 am

Dear Suzanne,

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Have a great time,


11 Suzanne December 23, 2010 at 3:22 am

Thank you Ildy, Merry Christmas to you and your family too.

12 MarieElizabeth December 23, 2010 at 2:06 pm

I've been wanting to make some of this. Your recipe sounds like a home run, so I'm trying it this weekend!

13 Suzanne December 23, 2010 at 7:51 pm

hope it goes well and you enjoy it.

14 MarieElizabeth December 31, 2010 at 3:23 pm

This turned out beautifully! I used almonds in place of peanuts because the store didn't have any raw peanuts. Just delicious! Thanks again.

15 Suzanne January 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I'm so glad it turned out good with almonds too, now I will have to try it out that way. Cheers to you!

16 Eryn October 11, 2011 at 11:59 am

Am about to try this delicious recipe and can’t wait. Thanks so much for the recipe! Yay 🙂

17 Suzanne October 13, 2011 at 8:00 am

Oh I hope it turns our for you, we just love it.

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