11/4: MMMMM . . . Monday

Hello Mamas!

Well, the holidays are approaching fast, so we will be focusing on holiday eats and treats until January! We hope you enjoy these recipes, because they are some of our favorites!

This is my, hands down, favorite recipe to make with my kids. It is part science experiment, part recipe, and pure deliciousness!

I am talking about Peanut Brittle. I know there are a MILLION recipes for peanut brittle out there, but the one I like the most comes from Martha Stewart. I started making this recipe in 1996 when it was featured in the Martha Stewart Living Magazine, and have made it every year since! Be warned, it DOES make a mess and it IS hard to clean up! But it is SO worth it!

You can find this recipe online at: http://www.marthastewart.com/342452/peanut-brittle


  • 3 Cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Light Corn Syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 1/2 cups of salted, fresh roasted peanuts, skinned 
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • Nonstick Vegetable spray (I used olive oil spray last year, and it worked fine)
Other items you NEED!
  • Cookie sheet
  • LARGE pot
  • Large Metal Spoon (DO NOT USE WOOD!!!-- I speak from experience)


  1. Coat two 12-by-17-inch baking sheets with vegetable (or olive oil) spray.
  2. In a heavy 5-quart saucepan with lid, combine sugar, corn syrup, and water. Cover pot, and bring to a boil over high heat, about 5 minutes. Dissolve sugar by carefully swirling pot often over burner. Keeping lid on will prevent sugar crystals from forming; however, should crystals form, wash down sides of pot with a wet pastry brush.
  3. Once steam just begins to escape from pot, remove cover and reduce heat to medium. Insert candy thermometer, and continue to boil until temperature reaches 230 degrees (thread stage), about 1 minute.
  4. Add peanuts, stirring constantly with a metal spoon until mixture reaches 300 degrees (hard crack stage) and is a rich golden brown, 13 to 18 minutes.
  5. Immediately remove from heat, and quickly add butter, vanilla, and baking soda. Stir with a metal spoon until butter melts; mixture will become foamy. Pour half of mixture down center of each pan, spreading evenly with a spatula. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour.
  6. Turn brittle out of pan, and snap it into shards.

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