Monday, December 10, 2007

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Every year at Christmastime, Brandon's (step)grandfather would make this peanut brittle for his friends and family. While we were living in Mesa, Brandon and I spent a wonderful evening with him, learning his secrets. Although he is no longer with us, we remember him each year as we make his delicious brittle.

-Grandpa Vern Gibson

½ cup Karo syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup raw peanuts
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla

Put Karo, sugar, and peanuts in a microwavable one-quart dish. Microwave 3 minutes on high, stir. Microwave 3 minutes more on high, stir in butter. Microwave 3 minutes on high (mixture should be light brown after this 3-minute interval – if not, microwave a little longer), stir in baking soda and vanilla, working very quickly. Pour onto warmed and greased cookie sheet. Cool at least 1 hour and break into pieces.

*I find it helpful to have the vanilla and baking soda pre-measured, and keep the cookie sheet in a 250 degree oven until there's about 10 seconds left on the brittle.

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