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Microwave Peanut Brittle

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Microwave Peanut Brittle

Celebrate National Peanut Brittle Day on January 26th with this easy recipe that uses your microwave!


1 cup light corn syrup
2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup peanuts
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking soda


In a 3 quart glass casserole dish, combine the corn syrup, sugar, and peanuts. Microwave on high for 12 minutes, watching to ensure mixture doesn’t boil over. Stir in butter and vanilla; cook on high for 4 minutes, carefully watching again, to ensure it doesn’t boil over. Stir in baking soda. Pour onto buttered cookie sheet; let cool completely and when hardened, break into pieces.

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