Making Peanut Brittle

Years ago, my Great Aunt Sibbie passed along my Great Aunt Ruth’s peanut brittle recipe. The handwritten gem takes concentration to follow, but it’s never failed me.

Step 1: In a large saucepan mix 3 c sugar, 1 c light Karo syrup, and 1 c water. Bring to a boil and heat to hard crack stage –without stirring!! This takes awhile–probably 20-30 minutes. I set my burner to medium high and try to be patient.

Step 2: Stir in one pound raw peanuts and one stuck of butter. (I use salted.).

Let this mixture cook for about 5 minutes until the nuts start to crack (you’ll hear them popping).

Step 3: Mix together 1 T baking soda and about 2 t vanilla (should be about the consistency of Elmer’s glue). Stir this into the pot. Be forewarned–this will bubble up and foam like crazy!

Step 4: Immediately pour into a greased 11×16 cookie sheet and let cool.

Step 5: Break into pieces and enjoy!

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