Sunday, February 23, 2020

10-Minute Microwave Peanut Brittle (Video)

Microwave Peanut Brittle recipe is a simple recipe that comes together in 10-minutes with no fuss and looks like you spent all day working on it! It makes an excellent gift this season!

We absolutely love peanuts and peanut butter desserts around here. But these peanut buttery No-Bake Avalanche Cookies really take the cake for being easy and delicious!
We all have those moments where we simply need an easy sugar fix, and there are few homemade candies out there that cover all the bases quite like microwave peanut brittle.

Easy to make? Absolutely.

Sweet but not too sweet? Check.

Perfect for curing a crunchy food craving? Truth.

This low-hassle easily become my favorite go-to candy. Especially this time of year, when I always seem to have extra peanuts on hand.

Oh, and hi! My name is Chrisy and I’m one of the new voices over here at The Slow Roasted Italian. This is actually the second recipe I’ve shared here, but last time around I was so busy talking about food that I forgot to introduce myself. Typical foodie thing to do, amirite? I’m sure you know how it is. Going forward I’ll be bringing you fun and easy eats once a month, but in the meantime, you can find me fawning over good eats Homemade Hooplah.

So, where was I?

Oh, that’s right - the caramel-sweet goodness that is peanut brittle. And if that wasn’t already good enough, there’s also a festive dash of nutmeg-and-cinnamon that helps kick it up a notch.

This brittle is so worth the 10 minutes it takes to make.

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  • Working with heated sugar can be tricky. It takes a bit for sugar to reach the correct temp, but once it does and begins to turn color, it doesn’t take much longer for the sugar to burn (and ruin your candy). To help avoid this, prepare and measure all ingredients in advance so that you can work quickly. Also, when heating the sugar, always start at the low-end of the heat times and work your way up, watching for the sugar to turn the correct light gold color. Sugar will continue to cook once removed from the microwave, so if you’re unsure, it’s better to remove the bowl too early rather than too late.
  • Even if you’ve covered everything with cooking spray, you’re bound to get some hard candy stuck to your bowls or utensils. If this happens, soak them in a mixture of hot water, dish soap, and white vinegar for one hour. The candy will either dissolve or easily break off with light pressure.
  • Because you’re using cooking spray, the finished candy may feel a little greasy. If it does, use a paper towel to lightly dab the candy to remove excess oil before storing it.
  • Store peanut brittle in a dry, sealed container at room temperature. If candy needs to be stacked in the container, add sheets of wax layers between the layers.
  • If you enjoyed this peanut brittle, you might also love homemade caramel popcorn. It has similar ingredients and is another fun gifting item!



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See how easy this Microwave Peanut Brittle is to make. Watch the video!!!

Yield: 12-20 pieces

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Microwave Peanut Brittle recipe is a simple recipe that comes together in 10-minutes with no fuss and looks like you spent all day working on it! It makes an excellent gift this season!


  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 cup unsalted roasted peanuts


  1. In a small bowl, combine baking soda, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside.
  2. Spray a baking sheet generously with cooking spray, then set aside.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add granulated sugar and light corn syrup. Use a spatula to stir until combined. The mixture will be very sticky and difficult to stir near the end; this is okay.
  4. Microwave sugar syrup mixture on HIGH for 4 minutes, then stir. Return bowl to microwave and heat for another 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture turns a light golden color. Be careful not to overheat; a dark brown hue means the sugar has burned.
  5. Remove bowl from microwave and quickly begin to add the following ingredients: vanilla, butter, the prepared spices from step 1, and the peanuts. Stir the mixture so that all the ingredients are combined. The mixture will lighten and may rise or appear "fluffy.”
  6. Spray rim of the bowl with more cooking spray, then pour the brittle mixture on the prepared baking sheet. Working quickly, use a spatula or a spoon to smooth the peanut brittle out in a layer roughly the same thickness as the peanuts.
  7. Let peanut brittle cool and harden for at least 1 hour. Once cooled and firm, use your hands to break the brittle into sizes of your choice (usually 2x2 inch in size)


  1. Because working with heated sugar can be tricky and temperamental, it is best to make this recipe only for the listed portion. Doubling this recipe is not recommended.

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  1. Let me start off with saying I love your recipes! I have printed numerous ones! As usual I wanting to print this brittle one, but there seems to be a glitch in something, every time I bring it up to print it is the potato soup recipe. Which also sounds great. I have tried many different ways to open it to print as well..Thanks for your
    help! Martha

    1. Holli@TheSlowRoastedItalianDecember 4, 2017 at 9:09 AM

      Thanks so much, Martha! The link is fixed, Enjoy!

  2. While I haven't made this specific recipe, I have an almost identical one that I've been making for probably 30+ years. People don't always believe me when I tell them how simple and quick it is in the microwave because it tastes professionally made. One note, I use regular salted Planter's cocktail peanuts in mine, in case any viewers might be wondering if that's possible. Also, cleanup is easier than you think. Once the hot bowl has cooled, fill it with water and let it sit for a bit. The brittle bits just melts away, no scrubbing or chisel required!

  3. Would pecans work in this recipe ?

  4. I have a similar recipe that worked every time until I got a higher wattage microwave. My original recipe was from the early 80s and the microwave was a lower wattage. I was unable to successfully adjust the recipe to lower cooking times and still cook it to a hard crack temperature. What wattage microwave are you using for this recipe?

    1. I've successfully made a similar recipe to this with a 1250 watt microwave set at 70% using the lower end cook times in this recipe. Good luck.

  5. Is the peanut brittle recipe in the cookbook? Does not really say.

  6. I’ve used this recipe for many years and have used peanuts, pecans or pistachios. Easy and delicious.

  7. Made the peanut brittle everyone loves it but wondering if i can leave out the nutmeg

  8. My hubby is a very picky homemade baking sort of person. :-) This is ALWAYS my go to recipe…. he really likes it! Thanks for sharing


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