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Course: Sweets
Keyword: Candy, Desserts, Fall, Halloween, Peanut Brittle, Southern

Peanut Brittle

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour
Yield: 1 1/2 pounds
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  • 1 1/2 cups lightly salted, roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Specialized Hardware

12-inch cast-iron skillet
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour
Yield: 1 1/2 pounds


  • Combine the peanuts, cinnamon, cayenne, and salt a small mixing bowl and set aside.
  • Line a half-sheet pan with a silicone baking mat. Coat the bottom of a second half-sheet pan with vegetable oil.
  • Set a 3-quart saucier inside a 12-inch cast-iron skillet. Add the sugar and water to the saucepan and cook over high heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until it comes to a boil. Stop stirring, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Uncover, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the sugar is a light amber in color, approximately 25 minutes. The mixture should reach 350ºF.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the peanut mixture — this will greatly reduce the temperature of the sugar, so work quickly. Once evenly mixed, pour the mixture onto the lined half-sheet pan. Working quickly, use an oiled spatula to spread the mixture thin. Top with the oiled half-sheet pan and press into a single layer. Cool completely, about 30 minutes, and then break into pieces. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
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