This 10 Minute Peanut Brittle is buttery and crunchy and takes only 10 minutes to make in the microwave.  It’s so delicious and it’s a great candy to make for the holidays.  I make several batches of this easy candy and gift it.

You can forget making Peanut Brittle the old fashioned way of standing over the stove and using the candy thermometer.  I am the first person to say, that I don’t use a microwave for anything but defrosting, reheating or melting butter or chocolate.  That is except for making this Ten Minute Peanut Brittle.  I stopped cooking peanut brittle over the stove years ago when my sister gave me this SO easy yet delicious recipe for Peanut Brittle.  I will never go back.  I make several batches of this at Christmas to give as gifts.  This is the easiest candy recipe you will ever make.  I promise!

Here are the quick and easy steps for making this easy candy…


Start by combining some sugar, salt and corn syrup in a large bowl and microwave it for exactly 5 minutes.  The bowl will be hot so be careful…


Next, toss in some raw Spanish Peanuts…

peanutbrittle2-13_fotorThen use a spatula to make sure that all of the nuts are covered with the syrup mixture…


Now, microwave the nuts and syrup mixture for exactly 2 minutes and remove from microwave.  Mix everything with a spatula for about 30 seconds, giving the peanuts time to brown a little…


Return the bowl to the microwave and microwave the mixture one last time for just 1 minute.  Add some butter and vanilla and mix to combine everything…


And lastly, the most important step… sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda over the hot mixture…


Now mix the baking soda in and allow the baking soda to perform its magic.  See how it magically makes the candy foam up? This is what makes the Peanut Brittle light and airy…

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Now quickly spread the Peanut Brittle onto one end of a cookie sheet that’s lined with a piece of parchment paper.  You can also use foil.  In the winter, I place the hot brittle outside on my deck.  It sets up within minutes and is ready to break.  You can place it in the freezer as well.  Note:  It’s extremely important to immediately place the bowl in your sink and fill it with hot water and let it soak for a few minutes. Trust me on this one!  You should also wait about 10 minutes between batches to allow your microwave to cool…

Note:  The times I used were based on an 1800 watt microwave.  If yours is lower, your candy might take 1 or even 2 minutes longer based on the wattage.  I recommend doing one test batch first. 

PeanutBrittle - 4I always slide the slab of candy into a gallon-size storage bag and use a knife handle to break it into pieces.  Now, how easy is that?  One batch makes about one pound of candy…

You need to make this delicious 10 Minute Peanut Brittle and see for your self how buttery, crunchy, and addicting it is.

You might also like these candy recipes…

Peanut Butter Fantasy Fudge

Chocolate Fantasy Fudge

Cashew Brittle


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10 Minute Peanut Brittle

  • Author: Cindy Gibbs at My Country Table
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Cook Time: 8
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 1 Pound 1x


This 10 Minute Peanut Brittle is buttery and crunchy and takes only 10 minutes to make in the microwave.  It’s so delicious and it’s a great candy to make for the holidays.  I make several batches of this easy candy and gift it.


Units Scale
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light Karo, or other corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups raw Spanish Peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon real butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Lay a piece of parchment paper on a small cookie sheet or other small pan.
  2. Combine sugar, salt and syrup in a large microwavable bowl. Make sure you mix both together so that all of the sugar is wet.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  3. Remove bowl from microwave. Stir in the peanuts and mix to cover all of the peanuts with the syrup mixture.
  4. Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and mix well for about 30 seconds until the mixture is syrupy and the nuts start to turn slightly brown.
  5. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Remove from microwave and add the butter and vanilla. Mix to combine. Add the baking soda and mix until the mixture becomes foamy.
  6. Using a large spatula, work quickly, and spread the mixture onto one end of the parchment lined pan. Stop and immediately place the bowl in a sink and fill with hot water to soak.
  7. Place pan in a cold place for approximately 10 minutes until candy has completely cooled. Slide the slab of candy into a storage bag and securely close bag. Using a knife handle, break the candy into pieces.
  8. Store candy in a plastic bag or airtight container. Candy keeps well for a couple of weeks.


  • Note: Microwaves vary. You might consider experimenting with your first batch to see if you need to adjust the cooking times.
  • Note: Give your microwave at least 10 minutes to cool between batches.
  • Yields: Approximately 1 pound

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