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Grandma’s Christmas Brittle

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 15 min. + cooling


about 2-1/2 pounds

Whenever my grandmother was in the kitchen, everything had to be "just so" to guarantee her time-tested results. Watching her make this peanut brittle is one of my favorite memories, and I'm glad I can pass on this delicious recipe. —Karen Grenzow, Sumas, Washington
Grandma's Christmas Brittle Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) unsalted dry roasted peanuts
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Grease two baking sheets and keep warm in a 200° oven. In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup water. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until a candy thermometer reaches 240° (soft-ball stage). Stir in butter, salt and peanuts. Continue heating, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches 300°.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the baking soda, 1 teaspoon water and vanilla. Remove saucepan from the heat. Stir in baking soda mixture. Quickly pour half the mixture over each baking sheet. Spread with a buttered metal spatula to a 1/4-in. thickness. Cool. Break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.

Peanut Brittle Tips

How do you store peanut brittle?

This peanut brittle recipe can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to six weeks or in the freezer for up to three months.

What are some substitutions you can make in this peanut brittle recipe?

Substitute your favorite type of nut for the peanuts if you are looking for some variation! You can use cashews, almonds or even a mixed variety. Try this Spiced Almond Brittle or our Rich Pistachio Brittle. If you want to substitute the corn syrup, use golden syrup since it has identical properties and will work just as well. Other sweeteners might not work because they crystallize, so double-check before making any swaps.

How do you serve peanut brittle?

Peanut brittle makes a great dessert for any party. It's also a great gift idea! Package the brittle in gift boxes or mason jars and hand it out to friends and family during the holiday season. Here are some of our other favorite homemade food gifts.

Sarah Fischer, Taste of Home Culinary Assistant
Candy Thermometers
We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutrition Facts

1 ounce-weight: 292 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 247mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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