I’ve only been bragging about my mom’s peanut brittle for the past seven years. The reason I’ve never shared the recipe is that I’ve never understood how my mom made it so well. I’ve seen her do it about a million times, but I’ve always been so intimidated by the process. It looked dangerous and stressful. This year, I took more time to pay attention to the way she makes it, and it’s actually not so bad after all. I may even be able to attempt it on my own now.
After sharing the videos of her making it, so many of you were asking for the recipe! She wrote it all out for me to share, and I’m excited to finally bring it to the blog!
Since I was a little girl, the smells of peanut brittle always flooded the house around the holidays. My mom made it for family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, our teachers, and they always raved about it. I’ve tried many peanut brittle recipes from other people, but they’ve never stood a chance against my mom’s. You know how your mom’s meatloaf is always better than someone else’s mom’s meatloaf? Well, my mom’s peanut brittle is better than anyone’s mom’s peanut brittle. You just can’t top it. But the real OG is my grandma. She was the one that made it for years before my mom started making it. So, we also have her to thank!
What I love about peanut brittle is that it’s so easy to pack, ship, and send! It has a long shelf life, it doesn’t get everywhere, and it doesn’t melt in packages. I make sure to ship peanut brittle every year. And who doesn’t love peanut brittle? You can safely send it to your gluten-free friends.
If you are on a budget during the holidays, making peanut brittle is a budget-friendly idea. You can buy inexpensive tins from Hobby Lobby or Michaels, fill it with peanut brittle, wrap it with a bow, and it’s a gift under $7! Not to mention, it’s simple. If you made one for everyone on your list, you could finish all your gifting in a day.
I was even thinking that I’d make about twenty boxes next year and send them out to some readers! 🙂 That could be fun.
As you can see, it’s always made an appearance on our dessert table during the holidays. Those are all photos from the past four years.
Mama's Famous Old-Fashioned Peanut Brittle
- 2 Cups Granulated Sugar
- 1 Cup Light Corn Syrup
- 1/2 Cup Water
- 2 Cups Raw Spanish Nuts
- 2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
- 2 Tablespoons Vanilla
- 1/8 Teaspoon Salt
- 2 Teaspoons Baking Soda
Grease two baking sheets.
*have your butter, nuts, vanilla, baking soda, and salt in small bowls ready to add in. This is a fast moving recipe, so you'll want to be ready and set to go!*
In a large pot on medium heat, stir the sugar, water, and corn syrup together. Continue to stir the mixture until your candy thermometer reads 235 degrees.
Once the mixture reaches 235 degrees, stir in the nuts.
Continue to stir until your thermometer reads 300 (softball stage). Turn off the heat and quickly add the butter, vanilla, salt, and baking soda.
Continue to stir fast until well-combined (about 30 seconds.)
***CAREFULLY*** Pour mixture onto the greased baking sheets and spread with a butter knife, or metal spoon.
Let the brittle cool completely. (We usually set it outside in the cold.)
Remove the brittle from the pan, and cack it into pieces.
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Don’t worry; there are more posts to come. <3
Questions for you!
- Have you ever had peanut brittle?
- Have you ever made peanut brittle?
- What is your Christmas dessert specialty?