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Southern Peanut Brittle – Easy Recipe & Ready in Minutes


Peanut Brittle is a Southern Favorite, especially here in the Peanut Capitol of the world!

Plate full of Peanut Brittle

Southern Peanut Brittle


I’ve been making this quick and easy candy for years.  You can make it in a double boiler, but the microwave (yes, I said the microwave) makes this tasty treat even faster!  My handwritten recipe is dated “1990,” but I’ve been enjoying this southern peanut brittle recipe since i was old enough to eat.  It’s always been a favorite in South Alabama!


  • 2 cups raw peanuts (you can buy these in the produce section already bagged – make sure to purchase raw peanuts)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light Karo Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter


  • Butter a large cookie sheet.
  • In a microwave safe mixing bowl or Pyrex dish, add peanuts.  Cook for 1 minute on high.
  • Add sugar and Karo.  Stir well.
  • Cook 6-8 minutes on high.  The amount of time will be determined by the power of your microwave.  Usually around 7 minutes the mixture will be ready for the next step.
  • Add  butter and vanilla, stir well.
  • Cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in baking soda.  Stir really well and really quickly.
  • Pour immediately onto buttered cookie sheet.  Spread it quickly to make thin sheets.
  • Let set until hard. Then break into pieces and place into an air tight container.
Southern Peanut Brittle

Crunchy & Sweet

Southern Peanut Brittle is great for snacks, as a sweet treat or even a gift.  One bite and you’ll know why it’s totally addictive!


xoxox- Lisa

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