Grandma’s Peanut Brittle

My Grandma’s Peanut Brittle is the best! And it is something I look forward to every season.
Now wouldn’t you agree that the holiday season brings out the baker in almost everyone? And I just love the holiday treats that come to my door every year from family & friends. There is something though that I love even more. That is sharing our treats. This peanut brittle recipe is my favorite holiday treat to share. There are several reasons I love  to share it  but most of the reason it is the one thing I remember from my childhood Christmas celebrations. My grandma always made it and still does to this day even at 90 years of age. She told me a few days ago it is the only thing she makes now. In fact she had just made several batches. The tradition of making peanut brittle is not so much a tradition any more, sadly. So today I share my Grandma’s recipe, in hopes that maybe you will bring back the homemade peanut brittle to your table and to your neighbors. Happy Holidays.
XO San

Grandma's Peanut Brittle

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3-4 dozen

Grandma's Peanut Brittle

Grandma's Peanut Brittle a holiday tradition & old fashion favorite.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter + more for pan
  • 2 ½ cups Spanish peanuts
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt


Butter a larger sided cooking sheet.

Over medium heat bring to a boil sugar, corn syrup, water and 2 tablespoons of butter. Using a candy thermometer cook until it reaches 240 degrees. Add Spanish peanuts and cook until thermometer reaches 290 degrees.

Note: I like to remove mine around 280-285, this is where I like the coloring and the crunch but my Grandma likes 290.

Remove from heat and quickly stir in baking soda, salt and vanilla. Pour immediately into buttered pan, and tilt the pan so that the brittle covers the entire pan corner to corner. DO NOT use a knife to push it around, your brittle will not look as nice.

Kids review: Aiden is my only whole peanut pan and he loves the brittle (he has a sweet tooth like his Momma). The other kids don’t like peanut unless they are in peanut butter so they wouldn’t even try it, maybe next year.


  1. elisabeth says

    My Grandma has passed away, her Peanut Brittle is always in my mind, she left no recipe card, but I do remember making it with her adding the baking soda…and the fizz it would make! I can’t wait to try your recipe! I’m thinking it is the same as Goggy’s! Thanks!

  2. says

    Super excited about this–I love peanut brittle! (Okay, I love the brittle and I love peanuts…I could honestly eat the brittle by itself, though…and I might just do it!)
    Thanks for linking this up to Twirl & Take a Bow, too! :)

    – Brooke –

    • Sandra says

      I would love to make a pecan brittle. I don’t think you can go wrong with any nut in a brittle. xo San


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