Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipes

Peanut Brittle CandyHomemade Peanut Brittle Candy Ready to Enjoy
(Source: ©bhofack2/Depositphotos.com)

Grandma's homemade peanut brittle recipes make the most scrumptiously chewy candy imaginable. If you love the taste of peanuts and toffee, then you'll love eating the authentic homemade peanut brittle! If you've never tasted it, then you're in for a huge treat. Of all the old fashioned candies, it's one of the easiest to make and among the most delicious.


Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipes

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

These old fashioned recipes were our family's favorites for making peanut brittle candy when living on the farm back in the 1950s. Enjoy!

Tray of Peanut Butter CandyTray of Peanut Brittle Candy Broken for Eating
(Source: ©bhofack2/Depositphotos.com)

Brown Sugar Peanut Brittle

One cup brown sugar, 3/4 cup peanuts. Put shelled peanuts, chopped if desired, in a buttered pan to set in a warm place. Melt sugar, stirring constantly and with considerable pressure. I find an old-fashioned iron frying pan is best for this.

When the sugar is a golden-brown liquid stir in hot peanuts very quickly. Pour into greased pan and spread thin by tilting pan. When cold, break into desired-sized pieces.

White Sugar Peanut Brittle

One cup granulated sugar, one-quarter cup chopped peanuts. Heat sugar until it is melted, stirring constantly. Add chopped nuts and pour quickly on greased pan. Mark into squares when slightly cooled. Three-quarters cup peanuts in shell equal one-quarter cup meats.

Semisweet Chocolate Peanut Brittle

Combine and bring to boil 2 cups sugar, 1 cup light corn syrup, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon salt; cover and boil 2 minutes; uncover and cook without stirring to 300°F hard crack stage; remove from heat; stir in quickly 6 ounces or 1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces, 2 tablespoons butter, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 cup salted nuts, coarsely chopped; spread thinly on greased sheet.

Molasses Peanut Brittle

Grandma McIlmoyle's Handwritten Recipe Books (c. 1912)

Grandma made this candy for her children when they lived on the Alberta prairie in the late 1890s. You'll love the rich, buttery taste.

1-1/2 cups molasses, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1 tablespoon vinegar. Boil until brittle when tried in water. Then add butter half size of an egg and 1 quart peanuts chopped quite fine. Spread in hot buttered pans. When cold, break up in small pieces.

Almond Brittle Recipe

Lee's Priceless Recipes (1895)

Same as Peanut Brittle, only add the almond nuts in time to allow them to roast a little in the boiling sugar.

History of Peanut Brittle

Homemade Peanut Brittle CandyPeanut Brittle Candy

Brittle-type candies containing seeds and nutmeats are an ancient confection that has been made in many countries for centuries. However, peanut brittle as we know it today likely evolved in the United States as peanuts (a legume) became a popular snack during the time of the Civil War.

By the late 1860s, recipes for peanut candy and boiled molasses candy with peanuts began to appear in cookbooks. The candy's name "peanut brittle," however, didn't come into common use until around 1900.


About the Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipes

Peanut Brittle CandyHomemade Peanut Brittle

If you've never tasted authentic peanut brittle candy, then you're in for a big treat. Of all the old fashioned candies, it's one of the easiest to make and among the most delicious.

Years ago, our neighbor Mr. Watkins made awesome peanut brittle, and I always looked forward to sampling it at Christmas time. Though I was young at the time, I can recall loving it because he didn't skimp on the peanuts.

Ever since, when people ask me how to make peanut brittle, I always suggest throwing in a few more peanuts than the recipe calls for.

You'll also love the taste of the almond brittle, but when you come to think of it, why not try it with cashews or pistachios too? Choose one of these homemade peanut brittle recipes and indulge yourself.


You May Also Like

Homemade Candy Recipes


Flowered Vine




Enjoy a Laugh to Brighten Your Day!

Abbott and Costello on Stage

Listen to Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's "Who's On First?" skit from the World War 2 Special Services Division V-Disk.

(5: 54 min.)


Comments

Have your say! Leave a friendly comment about Grandma's old fashioned desserts in the box below. (No links or promotion please.)


Like This Page? Please Share It




Visit the Homemade Dessert Recipes Home Page

Old Fashioned Rose and Cookbook Icon
Don Bell with Vintage Recipe Scrapbooks

Please click the Like button above and help me preserve Grandma's old fashioned recipes in their original form.


Need Help?

Puzzled about old time oven temperatures and measurement units? Click the Button below for helpful conversions.

Red Help Button

Mystery Quiz

Mystery Item

What is this antique item? The Answer is found below.


Recent Articles

  1. Renaissance Cake Recipes

    Try authentic Renaissance cake recipes from the days of King Charles the First. Surprise your guests with historical dessert cakes fit for royalty.

    Read More

  2. Homemade Baked Goods Recipes Loved by Grandma

    Grandma's homemade baked goods recipes will make deliciously old time donuts, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, dessert squares, and more.

    Read More

  3. Old Fashioned Gooseberry Pie Recipes

    You'll love Grandma's favorite gooseberry pie recipes. Nothing beats the tart, sweet taste of garden gooseberries in a pie.

    Read More

  4. Downspout 10 String Wind Harp

    I watched the video on making an Aeolian downspout harp and proceeded to create one: a 3x4-inch, 3 foot long, 10 string, 2 sided wind harp. I thought it

    Read More

  5. My Solo Build It Review & How to Build a Recipe Site

    Read my detailed Solo Build It Review with Q&As and step-by-step instructions on How to Build a Recipe Site.

    Read More


Favorite
Topics


Quiz Answer

Grandma's button hooks for  fastening tight buttons on leather boots and gloves.