UPDATE: Sadly, the original recipe for soft peanut brittle I linked to located at The Nut Factory’s page was taken down. In the meantime, I’m going to try a few other soft peanut brittle recipes and will update soon. Thanks.
UPDATE 2: Okay! Here’s another version of soft peanut brittle. This makes 1 1/4 pounds, and in my opinion it’s more reliable than the other recipe. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda dissolved in1 teaspoon water
- 1 cup peanut butter, mainstream type like regular JIF or Skippy
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup light corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons water
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 cup Spanish peanuts, lightly salted or unsalted
- Extra peanuts, finely chopped, for sprinkling on top (optional)
- Line a large rimmed baking sheet with non-stick foil or parchment paper.
- Dissolve baking soda in water and set next to the stove.
- In a microwave-safe bowl or Pyrex measuring cup, heat the peanut butter for 30 seconds or until it is soft and warm. Add the vanilla to the peanut butter.
- Combine the sugar, corn syrup and 2 tablespoons of water in a large saucepan. Cook over high heat until a candy thermometer reads 275F. Lower heat slightly, add butter and and peanuts and stir constantly over medium until candy thermometer reads 300 degrees.
- Remove from heat. Quickly stir in baking soda mixture and softened peanut butter mixture. Pour candy onto prepared cookie sheet and spread as thinly as you can. If you have trouble spreading it, grab a second sheet of parchment paper or non-stick foil and press it down slightly. It should be no more than 1/2 inch thick, but preferably thinner.
- Sprinkle the finely chopped nuts over the top if desired.
The chopped peanuts are to make the candy look a little nicer. Some batches are prettier than others.