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Grandma's Peanut Brittle Recipe

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Here's how to make peanut brittle just like my grandma used to do.

Here's how to make peanut brittle just like my grandma used to do.

The Original Peanut Brittle Recipe

Every Christmas I look forward to making and eating peanut brittle. I have what I like to call The Original Recipe. What I mean is that the recipe that I use came from my grandma, which she got from her mom. It is old!

Grandma used to make it every Christmas and send a big box to us. She and grandpa lived on a farm down South. It is the most delicious recipe for peanut brittle I have ever had—it just melts in your mouth.

Since grandma has been gone for 20+ years, I make it myself now, every Christmas. I give most of it away since we really should not eat that much of it. But just a small taste brings me back to that time and place, the feeling of excitement when that festive box would arrive. The delicious flavor of it. A few pieces are all I need, each holiday, to relive a bit of my childhood.

Cook Time

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10 min

30 min

40 min

medium-sized box


  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups Karo syrup (can use corn syrup)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups of raw, unsalted peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 rounded teaspoons baking soda


  1. Boil sugar, syrup, and water until it threads, then reduces heat.
  2. Add raw, unsalted peanuts and stir until mixed.
  3. Continue to stir until the mixture is golden brown.
  4. Add butter, vanilla, and baking soda and stir quickly.
  5. As soon as it is mixed, pour the mixture into a greased pan and let it cool.
  6. Break into pieces.

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