Peanut Brittle Recipe

This is a thick brittle. If you'd like a thinner version, pour the candy on a buttered surface and pull until it's thin and translucent. Makes 2.5 pounds. I give this as a gift at Christmas. Lasts a long time in an airtight container at room temperature.

  1. Grease a large marble slab with butter. You can also use 2 rimmed baking sheets, greased.
  2. In heavy 3-quart saucepan, combine sugar, syrup, water, and salt. Heat to boiling over medium-high heat.
  3. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly. When syrup reaches 250°F on a candy thermometer or hard-ball stage, stir in nuts.
  4. Continue cooking until the candy reaches 293°F on a candy thermometer or almost hard-crack stage.
  5. Remove mixture from heat. Stir in butter; add baking soda and beat rapidly, until candy begins to turn golden brown.
  6. Pour mixture onto greased marble and spread to 1/2 inch thickness. If using baking sheets, set aside on wire rack to cool completely.
  7. When cool, break into pieces and store in an airtight container.