Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe

Aimee Shugarman | Shugary Sweets

This peanut brittle recipe is sweet and salty and hits all the right spots. Whip it up as a dessert tonight!

Peanut Brittle Photo

Sometimes I get some serious cravings for sweet and salty. Like, I need dessert immediately or I’m going to tear into the Nutella and pretzels and NOT STOP.

My mom always makes this peanut brittle over the holidays. But who says candy is just for Christmas? My role here at Food Fanatic is to convince you that candy is a year-round treat (as I also note when salivating over this cookies and cream fudge concoction). And since the warmer weather is upon many of us, why not make a delicious dessert using your microwave?

The hardest part of this recipe is waiting for the candy to harden. And doing the dishes. I hate doing the dishes.

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Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe

    24 Servings


  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 cup Peanuts, dry roasted, salted
  • 1 teaspoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda


  1. Lay a piece of parchment paper over a large cookie sheet. Set aside.
  2. Combine sugar and corn syrup in a 2qt. glass bowl. Microwave (on power level  7) for 4 minutes.  {I use a 1500watt microwave}
  3. Remove and stir in peanuts quickly using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Return to microwave and heat for 3 ½ minutes (on power level 7).
  4. Remove and stir in butter and vanilla extract. Return to microwave for an additional 1 ½ minutes (on power level  7).
  5. Remove and stir in baking soda, mixing until light and foamy. Pour over parchment paper and spread to desired thickness, working quickly. 
  6. Allow peanut brittle to set and harden at room temperature (about 2 hours). Break into desired sized pieces and store in an airtight container for up to one week.


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Author: Aimee Shugarman
Recipe Yields: 24 pieces
Prep Time: 120 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 129 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 piece
Servings Per Recipe 24

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 25
Calories 89

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 58mg
Total Carbohydrate 15g
  Dietary Fiber 1g
  Sugars 10g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Aimee Shugarman

About Aimee

Aimee Shugarman of Shugary Sweets likes all things sweet, as you can probably guess. Writing about homemade candy came naturally, and we're oh so thankful she's our Candy Fanatic.

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