June Xie is the current Senior Food Producer for Delish, where she hosts recipe videos and the wildly popular YouTube show, Budget Eats. She previously worked in numerous restaurant kitchens throughout NYC before first joining Delish as our Test Kitchen Assistant and chief baking expert with a passion for bread dough, peanut butter, whipped cream, and gluten free cookies. She also loves staring at alpacas.
If peanut brittle is one of your favorite food gifts to receive, we're about to change your life with this easy, homemade recipe. Ready in 20 minutes with mainly pantry staples, this peanut brittle is for anyone that can't get enough of toasty, nutty flavors, or the irresistible sweet and sugary crackle of brittle. Perfect as a holiday dessert or something to snack on during the festivities, this easy treat gets some added special flavors that we think truly make it a perfect brittle.
If you don't have a candy thermometer—no sweat. You can still make this recipe without it. Just follow our top tips & tricks to ace making this sweet and toasty peanut brittle right at home:
Top tips for homemade peanut brittle:
• The most important part of candy making is to make sure your caramel concoction hits that hard-crack stage that happens when your molten sugar reaches 300°F. If you don't have a candy thermometer on hand, watch the video above to see what your sugar mixture should look like at that temperature: deeply golden-amber, and just beginning to give off the slightest wisps of smoke.
• The last two steps happen very quickly, so be super to read the process ahead of time and move rapidly to avoid burning the brittle.
• Use dark roasted peanuts in this recipe for maximum flavor that will complement the sweet vanilla and honey perfectly. Alternatively, you can also buy blanched peanuts and toast them yourself!
• We added some sesame seeds to this brittle for added nuttiness, but feel free to skip or substitute in an equal amount of extra peanuts if that's not your thing.
How long will homemade peanut brittle last?
Once it's cooled, store your peanut brittle in an airtight container at room temperature, where it will keep for 6-8 weeks.
If you've made this recipe, we'd love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments below!
- 2 c.
- Prep Time:
- 5 mins
- Total Time:
- 20 mins
- 1/2 c.
- 1/4 c.
- 2 tbsp.
- 2 tbsp.
Pinch kosher salt
- 2 tbsp.
- 2 tsp.
pure vanilla extract
- 1 1/3 c.
dark roasted peanuts
- 1/4 c.
toasted sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp.
- Step 1Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. In a medium pot over medium heat, combine sugar, corn syrup, honey, water, and salt. Once combined, avoid stirring.
- Step 2Cook until mixture begins to turn light amber and reaches 280° on a candy thermometer, about 7 minutes. Gently and carefully stir in butter and vanilla until well-combined—mixture will sputter.
- Step 3Add peanuts and sesame seeds. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 300°, turns deeply golden, and just begins to smoke. Immediately remove from heat.
- Step 4Working quickly, stir in baking soda until mixture foams vigorously, then swiftly pour onto prepared baking sheet. Using a silicone spatula, smooth mixture into a thin, even layer and allow to cool completely.
- Step 5Break into chunks before serving.