Grandma's Peanut Brittle Recipe

Updated on January 18, 2018
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Every Christmas I look forward to making and eating peanut brittle, because 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... it 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

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 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 till it threads, then reduce heat
  2. Add raw, unsalted peanuts and stir until mixed
  3. Continue to stir until the mixture is a golden brown
  4. Add butter, vanilla and baking soda and stir quickly
  5. As soon as it is mixed pour mixture into a greased pan and let cool
  6. Break into pieces

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    Susan Zutautas 5 months ago from Ontario, Canada

    This is something I've never made before. I will be this year as hubby loves it. Thanks for sharing!

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    Thelma Alberts 9 months ago from Germany

    I love peanut brittle but I have not made myself yet. Can I use another syrup if I can´t find corn syrup? Thanks. I would love to try this.

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    Carol Taylor 9 months ago from Thailand

    I have never heard the term " Threading" what does that mean? Our mum used to make sugar mice in pretty colours. A nice recipe though and hubby likes peanut brittle which we cannot get here so I will definitely try this one.. ;0

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    Barbara Radisavljevic 15 months ago from Templeton, CA

    Funny how certain traditional family foods can bring back memories of happy times. Maybe that's part of what makes them taste so good. I wonder how this would be with almonds instead of peanuts?

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    ideadesigns 3 years ago

    Talk about awesome! Peanut Brittle just like they use to make. YUM!

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    Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

    My uncle used to make a pecan log that was super tasty. I should look for a recipe for that.

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    Cheryl Fay Mikesell 4 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

    YUM! Haven't had this in ages! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    Phoebs78 4 years ago

    This looks delicious, I'm going to make this!

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    golfstrongly 4 years ago

    Grandma sure knew what she was doing!

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    SteveKaye 4 years ago

    So that's why this tastes so good. It's made with yummy ingredients. Congratulations on posting this recipe. Yum!

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    Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Years ago when my children were little, I made some peanut brittle, only I forgot the baking soda. Of course the candy turned out so hard it could break teeth. Never tried it again, haha! If a person remembers to do it right (unlike me) this will be the BEST peanut brittle they've ever tasted! YUM and more YUM!

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    Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

    @SusanDeppner: Thanks!

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    Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

    I love peanut brittle. We have a friend who used to give it to the family, but they have passed away, and now we need to learn how to make our own! We always bought "lucky Marzipan pigs" from the German butcher up the street for stockings. We can't get them in China, so I buy almond paste, tint it pink, and make funny piggies of our own.

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    Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

    Love the picture - it looks good enough to eat!

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    Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

    @Elyn MacInnis: Innovative! Well done, thanks for sharing!

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    Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

    Thanks for this great recipe and I'm glad you have such wonderful memories

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    RoadMonkey 4 years ago

    I used to love peanut brittle, bought in the shop, I never saw anyone make it. But my granny used to love making toffee and fudge and she should NOT have been eating lots of it. We used to get a SHARE of it! LOL

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    Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

    I have a stack of cashews that need eating this month, I think I'll try making cashew brittle

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    Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

    @Boyd Carter: You are absolutely right ! Thanks!

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    Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

    @ecogranny: Yes there is, I brings back such warm memories.

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    Kathryn Grace 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Oh, my waistline, I do not think I could settle for just a few pieces. Peanut brittle is a true weakness I overcome only by never buying or making it, but I'm hooked. Going to have to give this one a try this holiday season. Thank you for sharing a family heirloom recipe. There is something quite tender about such recipes, yes?

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    Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

    Chocolate figurines... we used to get them from our parents few days before Christmas :)

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    Art Inspired 4 years ago

    Making peanut brittle at holiday time is also our family tradition. There is nothing like eating home cooked food! Make it a great day!

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    Margaret Schindel 4 years ago from Massachusetts

    I developed a love for baking at a very young age, and my mom, my sister and I used to make holiday cookies and petit fours together. Decorating the petit fours was a huge treat for me! Thanks so much for sharing your grandma's yummy-sounding peanut brittle recipe. :)

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    LoriBeninger 4 years ago

    This reminds me of the delicious p-nut brittle my family used to make. Nothing like it. Great lens.

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    Boyd Carter 4 years ago

    Hello Jadelynx, it would probably be the same as yours. I'm from Mississippi and have a similar recipe. You might want to warn your readers that when you add the baking soda, the volume will double, so use a pan that is big enough!

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    Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

    @tonyleather: I've never had one.......adding to my Bucket List. :)

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    Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

    @MaggiePowell: Sounds Yummy ! I love chocolate.

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    MaggiePowell 4 years ago

    Chocolate... Christmas to me is smooth German Chocolate.

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    tonyleather 4 years ago

    My own personal treat is sherry trifle! It was a real luxury when I was a kid!

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    Jogalog 4 years ago

    My husband would love me to make this for him.

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    sagebrushmama 4 years ago

    This looks like a great recipe to try during the holidays! Treat baking overall takes me straight back to my childhood...when I was 11, my baby brother was born just a little over a week before Christmas, and I did all the family baking that year!

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    Renaissance Woman 4 years ago from Colorado

    Peanut brittle definitely takes me back to some special Christmas memories. Thanks for sharing this original family recipe.