Peanut Brittle Is Chewy

by Missy
(Ohio)

My Peanut Brittle is chewy!


This is the first time I have made peanut brittle and I followed the directions exactly except I used tub margarine to grease the cookie sheets for spreading and the spatula as well.

I did use stick butter in the recipe itself as directed but now instead of peanut brittle I have PEANUT CHEW! Is there anything I can do to fix this mistake?????






Hi Missy,

You usually can't fix your peanut brittle once you've let it set. I don't think your chewy peanut brittle has anything to do with the fact that you used margarine on the spreading sheet.


The most likely reason that your peanut brittle is chewy is because it didn't get to a hot enough temperature when you were cooking it.


I just ran across a really easy peanut brittle recipe this week that I'm hoping to try soon. It's made in the microwave.

Here it is...

Microwave Peanut Brittle Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups dry roasted peanuts, cashews or other favorite nuts
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1/2 cup of corn syrup (light)
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 Tbs. butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Prepare a pan by greasing (buttering it) and setting it aside.

  2. Use a large microwave safe glass bowl and stir together the nuts, sugar, corn syrup, and salt.

  3. Heat for 6-7 minutes in the microwave on high. (700 Watt - adjust time according to your oven) You want the mixture to be bubbling and the peanuts a little brown.

  4. Add the butter and vanilla and stir through.

  5. Continue heating in the microwave for another 2-3 minutes.

  6. Remove from microwave and add the baking soda, stirring quickly.

  7. Pour onto prepared tray and let it cool for 15 minutes or so until it gets hard. Break your peanut brittle into pieces, and store in an airtight container.



I hope you'll find this peanut brittle recipe works well for you and is very quick and easy. Let me know what you think.

~Angie


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