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Soft peanut brittle stacked on top of each other with a pan of the rest of the brittle in the background.

Easy Soft Peanut Brittle Recipe

Jeri Walker
This Easy Soft Peanut Brittle Recipe is the perfect holiday treat. It takes minutes to make, and it's so addicting! It's the perfect homemade candy to make; it's easy, tastes fantastic, and is so good! Make this Soft Peanut Brittle Recipe in less than 30 minutes with only seven simple ingredients! Plus, it makes a tasty holiday gift! So crunchy, sweet, salty, and so easy to make, this Soft Peanut Brittle Recipe is the perfect holiday treat!
4.98 from 35 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings
Calories 208 kcal


  • Rimmed baking sheet
  • Large pot
  • Spatula
  • Candy thermometer


  • 2 cups cane sugar or granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine
  • cups salted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda


  • First, place parchment paper on a large rimmed baking sheet and set it aside.
  • To a large saucepan combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Clip a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Bring the syrup mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring often until sugar is dissolved. Boil until it reaches 235 degrees F when the candy starts to enter the soft ball stage.
  • Add the butter and peanuts to the pan. Continue to cook, constantly stirring, until a candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees F, the hard crack stage.
  • When the candy thermometer reaches 300 degrees, remove the pot from heat. Quickly add in the vanilla extract and baking soda and stir to combine. The baking soda will cause it to start to foam. Pour candy mixture, while still foaming, onto the baking sheet. For an optional treat, sprinkle sea salt on top.
  • The last step is to let the cookie sheet cool, then break the peanut brittle into bite-size portions. When the candy cools, enjoy!


Nutritional information is approximate and is meant as a guideline only.
Fridge: Store the peanut brittle in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 weeks.
Freezer: Freeze in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for up to 3 months.
Top tips:
The following are some tips and tricks to ensure your peanut brittle comes out perfect every time:
  • Have all the ingredients measured out and ready to use when you are ready for them.
  • The secret of the candy is to stir constantly and work fast. Do not walk away.
  • Stir constantly so the hot mixture doesn't burn as it is being cooked on high heat. If you can have someone stirring constantly while you pour in the ingredients at the right time it is extremely helpful.
  • When you pour the mixture into the baking sheet DO NOT scrape the bottom of the pot. You can scrape the sides, but not the bottom. The pot is so hot when the mixture reaches 300 degrees that it starts to burn the second you stop stirring. If you scrape the bottom of the pot, you will scrape in burnt peanut brittle mixture and your whole pan will taste burnt.
  • Soak the pot immediately after it is empty for easy cleanup.
  • Place the candy outside for quick cooling.


Calories: 208kcalCarbohydrates: 30.1gProtein: 3.9gFat: 9.4gSaturated Fat: 2.2gCholesterol: 5.1mgSodium: 115.9mgPotassium: 106.2mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 28.2gVitamin A: 16.2IUCalcium: 16.3mgIron: 0.4mg
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