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Peanut Brittle Recipes

Batul Nafisa Baxamusa Apr 21, 2019
In America, peanut brittle recipes are mostly associated with Christmas time. They are simple and easy to make. We are going to share with you a few recipes that are effortless in making and taste delicious.
Peanut brittle is also known as 'Chikki' in India. The Indian Chikki has four basic ingredients - sugar, liquid glucose, peanuts and jaggery. In America, they are prepared more or less on the same lines. They are crunchy and make a very good snacking item. Treat yourself and your loved ones by trying out some of the homemade recipes elucidated ahead.

Traditional Peanut Brittle

  • Sugar: 2 cups
  • Peanuts: 2 cups
  • Light Corn Syrup: 1 cup
  • Water: 1 cup
  • Butter: 2 tablespoons
  • Baking Soda: 2 teaspoons
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Add sugar, light corn syrup, and water in a heavy saucepan. Heat and stir till the sugar dissolves.
  • Add salt, and cook over medium heat till it reaches the soft ball stage.
  • Add peanuts, and continue stirring to the hard crack stage.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Quickly add the butter and baking soda, and continue stirring.
  • Pour immediately into well-buttered cooling pans. Spread it evenly with the help of a spatula.
  • Cool and break into pieces.

Microwave Peanut Brittle in 10 minutes

  • Sugar: 1 cup
  • Raw Peanuts: 1 cup
  • Light Corn Syrup: ½ cup
  • Butter: 1 tablespoon
  • Vanilla: 1 teaspoon
  • Baking Soda: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: ⅛ teaspoon
  • Add sugar, light corn syrup, raw peanuts, and salt in a 2-quart microwave mixing bowl.
  • Set the microwave on 'high' for 8 minutes. Stir the mixture after 4 minutes.
  • After 8 minutes of microwave cooking, add butter and microwave for another 2 minutes on 'high'. See to it that the brittle doesn't turn too brown.
  • Remove the bowl from the microwave, and stir in vanilla and soda till a light and foamy mixture is formed.
  • Spread the mixture on a buttered baking sheet. Spread the mixture into a thin layer.
  • Cool and break into pieces.

Peanut Butter Brittle

  • Raw Peanuts: 2 cups
  • Peanut Butter: 2 cups
  • Sugar: 1½ cups
  • Light Corn Syrup: 1½ cups
  • Water: ¼ cup
  • Butter: 2 tbsp
  • Baking Soda: 1½ tsps
  • Vanilla: 1 tsp
  • Add peanut butter in the upper pan of a double boiler over low heat.
  • Grease 2 large baking sheets and a heavy 3-quart pan with butter.
  • Mix sugar, corn syrup and water in the greased pan.
  • Cook and stir the mixture over medium flame till it comes to boil.
  • Cook for another 15 minutes, then add 2 tablespoons of butter. Keep stirring till it melts.
  • Add peanuts and continue stirring for 5 minutes, till the mixture turns brown.
  • Remove from heat and immediately add baking soda by stirring constantly. Add vanilla and stir in the warm peanut butter into the mixture till it is well combined.
  • Pour the candy on the prepared sheets; with a spatula spread it into a thin layer.
  • Let it cool and break into pieces.

Chili Peanut Brittle Recipe

  • Sugar: 2 cups
  • Spanish Raw Peanuts: 2 cups
  • Light Corn Syrup: ¾ cup
  • Water: ¼ cup
  • Butter: ¼ cup
  • Baking Soda: 1½ teaspoons
  • Paprika: 1 teaspoon
  • Chili Powder: 1 teaspoon
  • Salt: ½ teaspoon
  • Ground Red Pepper: ⅛ teaspoon
  • Ground Coriander: ⅛ teaspoon
  • Mix paprika, chili powder, salt, red pepper, and coriander in a mixing bowl.
  • Mix sugar, corn syrup, and water in saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly till the sugar dissolves.
  • Increase the heat, and bring the mixture to boil.
  • Stop stirring, and let it cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, and add the butter and spice mixture. Stir till the butter melts.
  • Add baking soda, and stir till foam develops.
  • Pour the candy mixture on large greased sheets, and spread into a thin layer.
  • Cool and break into pieces.

Sugar-free Peanut Butter Brittle

  • Raw Peanuts: 2 cups
  • Maltitol: 1 cup
  • Butter: 2 tablespoons
  • Melt the butter in a saucepan. Add maltitol, and heat on a medium flame stirring continuously.
  • The mixture will separate initially, and then blend together again.
  • Add the peanuts, and remove from flame when the color darkens. Be careful not to burn the mixture.
  • Spread on a greased sheet into a thin layer.
  • Cool and break into pieces.
You can find out if your peanut brittle pieces have turned out exactly the way it should, by checking the color. They should not be too brown. If they have, it means you have overcooked them. Too light indicates use of less amount of sugar.
You can store them in an air-tight container for days. A good peanut brittle piece will be crispy and not soft. It can double up as an energy bar as it contains proteins and provides instant energy.