Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Microwave Peanut Brittle (12 Days of Christmas Treats)

Microwave Peanut Brittle

On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Microwave Peanut Brittle!
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me ... Almond Lace Cookies!

(As you can tell, I've been busy and have put together 12 Christmas treats for the first 12 days of December. I hope you enjoy them all!)

I have always liked to cook. I remember standing on a chair at the stove, where I was in charge of turning the squash as it fried. I remember making tons of chocolate-chip cookies for my dad when I was in high school. (I used the recipe on the back of the package, of course. It's hard to beat.) And I used to love to break out my mom's church cookbook to see what I could find. Flipping through those pages is like saying hello to friends. Janet's chocolate pound cake. Betty Jo's cookies. Maw Maw's cornbread. And one year it was peanut brittle. It became my peanut brittle, and I made it in the microwave - batch after batch of it. It's easy. It always works. And everybody enjoys a small piece here and another piece there. This isn't the same recipe, but it's similar and just as good. Trust me. I ate it all myself.

Peanut Brittle
Adapted from Cooks.com
Printer-friendly version

Ingredients
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 cup raw peanuts
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon butter

Directions
1. Spread butter on baking sheet and set aside.
2. In a two-quart, microwaveable bowl combine sugar, corn syrup, peanuts and salt. Microwave on high for four minutes then remove and stir. Return and microwave another three to four minutes, being careful not to let mixture get too brown.
3. Remove and stir in vanilla and baking soda. Spread as thinly as possible on baking sheet. Let cool then break into pieces. Store in airtight container.