White Chip Peanut Brittle

     Just hearing the word “peanut brittle” can send shivers down the spine of cooks who fear candy thermometers.  Well, I have good news: you don’t need one for this recipe! It is all done in the microwave, and it still turns out fantastic. What makes this recipe awesome to me is not just the ease of cooking, but the extra touch from the white chocolate chips on top. Plus, you can vary the kind of nuts you use in the brittle. I have used: salted peanuts, almonds, cashews, and walnuts. From my experimenting, I have found that Spanish peanuts add an extra touch of sweet and salty to the candy. The holiday season is the perfect time of year to feel free to explore your options!

 

White Chip Peanut Brittle
 
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Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 & ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 & ½ cup nuts
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. In a large glass bowl, combine sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Cook in microwave for 6 minutes.
  2. Stir in butter, vanilla, and nuts. Cook for 3 more minutes.*
  3. Stir in baking soda until foamy.*
  4. Quickly pour onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.**
  5. Sprinkle top with white chocolate chips and carefully press down slightly into brittle.
  6. Cool in refrigerator 30 minutes or until chips have hardened.
  7. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.
Notes
*The mixture gets VERY hot and bubbly. Use an oven mitt when handling the bowl. **Make sure you use parchment paper. Waxed paper will stick like crazy to the brittle and the candy will be ruined. ***This recipe is for a 700 watt oven. Most microwaves are stronger, so you will need to cook at lower power. -For a 1250 watt microwave, cook at 60% power, keeping cooking times the same. -For a 1100 watt microwave, cook at 80% power and for 5 minutes in step 2. ****Anything left in the bowl after pouring onto the parchment paper will be very hard to remove, so immediately soak the bowl in HOT water to unstick any leftover brittle.

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