10 Minute Microwave Peanut Brittle is buttery and crunchy, and the perfect balance of sweet and salty. This rich, golden brown peanut brittle is delicious and comes together so easily in the microwave. It is a great candy to make for the holidays and ideal for homemade gift giving.
This recipe is sponsored by Galanz Americas using the ExpressWave microwave, available at Walmart. However, recipe and opinions are my own.
This my favorite time of the year. I enjoy decorating for the holidays so much, but more than that I absolutely love holiday baking and homemade gift giving. My “to make” list of Christmas candy and cookies to grows year after year. I spend hours on Pinterest and looking through cookbooks to find new recipes to try.
By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, my list is two to three times what I actually have time for. I always end up making the same 6 or 7 tried and true recipes like this 10 minute microwave peanut brittle and add a couple of new cookies or candies to the mix.
This quick and easy recipe, for a no fail peanut brittle is the perfect treat to whip up for any occasion. Craving something crunchy? This is your fix!
If you are looking for budget-friendly, homemade gift ideas make this easy microwave peanut brittle. Your friends and family will love it!
Seriously, this candy is so simple to make. It is sweet, but not too sweet. I love that this yummy peanut brittle is made in the microwave, freeing up your oven for other delectable treats. I cook in my microwave a lot. Living in Florida, I try to avoid heating up the house with the oven, so we backyard grill often and cook in the microwave.
If you’re using your microwave to just heat up leftovers, you are missing out. My Galanz ExpressWave 1.4 cu ft Microwave is large enough for cooking side dishes and even the main course. It features a simple Express Cooking Knob along with innovative Intelligent Sensor Cooking and Sensor Reheat Programs to make meal prep easier (and more delicious) than you thought possible from a microwave.
The holidays are filled with friends, family and of course, feasting. So many yummy foods! The holiday season is also a LOT of work, if you are the cook in the family. With the stovetop and oven quickly overwhelmed with different dishes, it’s helpful to have a reliable microwave for meal prep. Luckily, the Galanz ExpressWave microwave from Walmart is on hand to help you whip up tasty recipes like my peanut brittle. Sensor Cooking and Sensor Reheating are two of the innovative features that make Galanz the smart choice for microwaves.
Supplies You’ll Need to Make Microwave Peanut Brittle
- Microwave oven (I recommend the Galanz ExpressWave Microwave from Walmart)
- Large glass bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Rimmed cookie sheet or jelly roll pan
- Silicone spatula or large spoon coated with no-stick cooking spray
Peanut Brittle Ingredients
- white sugar
- light corn syrup
- baking soda
- vanilla extract
- salted, roasted peanuts
For your convenience, a printable recipe card with measurements is available at the bottom of the page.
How to Make Peanut Brittle in the Microwave
Start by buttering a large rimmed cookie sheet or jelly roll pan or simply spray it with cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda. Set aside.
Tip One: You will need to move quickly while making this peanut brittle, so it does not set until you have it spread out onto the baking sheet. I recommend having all of your ingredients measured ahead of time.
Tip Two: You will need to have cooking spray on hand to keep the brittle mixture from sticking to your spatula or spoon and the sides of the bowl. Using no-stick spray will make cleanup much easier.
In a large glass bowl that is suitable for the microwave, combine sugar and light corn syrup.
Place bowl in microwave oven. Microwave on high give-or-take for 4 minutes. My Galanz ExpressWave Microwave is an 1100-Watt microwave oven. Adjust your cook time accordingly, if needed.
Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave. It will be hot. Stir mixture with a silicone spatula and return to the microwave for an additional 3 to 5 minutes. Keep an eye on the sugar and corn syrup mixture and remove when it becomes light golden brown in color. If it gets too dark, it may be burnt. In my 1100 watt Galanz ExpressWave microwave it is typically the perfect colorre near the 5 minute mark.
Remove from the microwave with pot holders, as the bowl and ingredients will be very hot. Stir in the vanilla and butter, until combined. Stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda mixture. Stir in the salted, roasted peanuts.
If you like things extra salty, add an extra pinch of salt.
Using a silicone spatula or spoon sprayed with no-stick spray, spread the mixture onto your greased baking sheet. Spread it out evenly until it is about the same thickness as the peanuts.
Allow peanut brittle to sit for about 1-2 hours or until hardened. Mine is usually ready within a hour, but it may vary depending on where you live and the humidity level. Using your hands, break peanut brittle into pieces.
How to Store Peanut Brittle
If you are not going to enjoy the peanut brittle right away or are packaging it up for gift giving, I recommend placing a piece of parchment paper between each layer. Preferably, store peanut brittle in an airtight container.
Cleanup Tip: Peanut brittle is very sticky and then it hardens. For easy cleanup, soak the bowl and utensils in hot water, dish soap and a little white vinegar. Let it sit for one hour and cleanup should be a breeze.
10 Minute Microwave Peanut Brittle
- microwave oven (I recommend the Galanz ExpressWave Microwave from Walmart)
- large glass bowl
- silicone spatula
- rimmed baking sheet
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla
- 1 cup salted, roasted peanuts
- Start by buttering a large rimmed cookie sheet or jelly roll pan or simply spray it with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, combine cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda. Set aside.
- In a large glass bowl that is suitable for the microwave, combine sugar and light corn syrup. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
- Carefully remove the bowl from the microwave. It will be hot. Stir mixture with a silicone spatula and return to the microwave for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until light golden brown in color.
- Remove from the microwave with pot holders, as the bowl and ingredients will be very hot. Stir in the vanilla and butter, until combined. Stir in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and baking soda mixture. Stir in the salted, roasted peanuts.
- Using a silicone spatula or spoon sprayed with no-stick spray, spread the mixture onto your greased baking sheet. Spread it out evenly until it is about the same thickness as the peanuts. Work quickly, so mixture does not set before it is spread onto the baking sheet.
- Allow to sit for about 1-2 hours or until hardened.
- Once hardened, use your hands go break peanut brittle into pieces.
This peanut brittle is so simple to make and perfect for holiday gift giving. Whip up a quick batch for watching holiday movies with the family. You know I am all for easy recipes and this is one of my favorite recipes for the holidays.
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