Thursday, December 4, 2008

Peanut Brittle

This time of the year always brings back memories of my mom making peanut brittle for gifts. She was so good at it. I have not conquered the technique, but I am determined this year to make a good batch. This is my first try and I over cooked it. Here is my mom's recipe.
Peanut Brittle
3 cups white sugar
1 cup white Karo syrup
1/2 cup water
2 cups raw Spanish peanuts
3 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
Boil sugar, Karo syrup, and water until thread spins.
Then add peanuts and stir continuously;
cook until it turn brownish gold; remove
from fire; add butter, salt, and baking soda.
Pour onto buttered cookie sheets to cool.
After cool and hardened break into small pieces.
Now if I could just figure out when the thread spins and the right amount of brownish gold, I think I would have it.
What memories do you have of your mom baking or cooking at the holidays?


Southern Touch Catering said...

Hi Marilyn,
Nice site.
I'm not sure about the threads and such and am not a peanut brittle cook, but my aunt always said that it cooked better on dry days- anyone out there know why?

Denise said...


My Dad made our peanut brittle. He got the recipe or a gal at work - it was made in the microwave!


Annie said...

Marilyn, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate this recipe. I was going to look for one and take up my dad's tradition from long ago. He used to always make peanut brittle at the holidays. Now I can fuse your recipe with memories of his candy. Thank you so much. Stay tuned. I'll post it on my blog when I have it prepared for the holidays.

Jill said...

As soon as I saw the picture I thought of Grandma. It's as sweet as she was.