Nuts For You Peanut Brittle

Okay, moms. I know we’re all super busy, but heads-up – Tuesday is Teacher Appreciation Day. I honestly don’t know how they do what they do. Their patience, creativity and love just blows me away. And, you know me, sweets are how I show gratitude (they’re how I show most emotions), so this weekend, I’ll be baking up a fresh batch of this amazing peanut brittle in their honor.
Peanut Brittle

Making peanut brittle definitely appeals to the nerd in me. Pretty much anything that requires a candy thermometer hits that sweet spot.

Though people tend to think of peanut brittle as difficult to make, it’s really not. It doesn’t even have many ingredients. I always make sure to get good fresh peanuts and to use a real, high-quality vanilla. I like Nielsen Massey, as you can see, and  buy the big bottle.

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

Once you’ve poured your brittle batter into the cookies sheets to cool, you have a few minutes to decorate a little gift bag.  I bought these awesome simple white lunch bags from PaperMart.

Peanut Brittle

Half the fun is in the presentation, especially when you’re aiming to show your appreciation to the people who are molding the minds of your children every day.

Peanut Brittle

I grabbed the kids as they ran through the kitchen and had them write short little than you notes. That first-grade scrawl is so precious!  I ordered these deliciously Sweet Nerd Cards from this really rad company called Moo.  I can super geek out over paper products that are personalized.  Nough said.

Peanut Brittle

Then, because frankly I don’t trust the kids not to eat the entire bag in the time it takes them to walk from the car to the classroom, and also because it looks extra-super cute, I fired up the old sewing machine to close the tops.

Peanut Brittle

And there you have ’em. Specially made, beautifully packaged, peanut brittle for the teachers on Teacher Appreciation Day.

Peanut Brittle

Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography

Peanut Brittle

By TheSweetNerd  

April 27, 2017

Ingredients

3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons butter

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 cup plus 1 teaspoon water

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup light corn syrup

1 1/2 cups sugar, granulated

1 pound peanuts, roasted, unsalted

Directions

1Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Using the 2 teaspoons butter, grease two 12 by 15 inch baking sheets and place them in the oven.

2In a small bowl, combine the baking soda, the 1 teaspoon of water and the vanilla and set aside. In a large saucepan, combine the 1 cup water, the corn syrup and sugar. Insert a candy thermometer into the sugar mixture and cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar for about 4-5 minutes, or until the mixture is clear and the thermometer reads 240 degrees.

3Stir in the 3 tablespoons of butter and the peanuts and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened and the thermometer reads 300 degrees. Be careful that it doesn't burn.

4Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the baking soda mixture. Remove the baking sheets from the oven. Pour half the candy mixture onto each warm baking sheet and quickly spread evenly about 1/4 inch thick.

5Set aside to cool for about an hour. When cool, lift the edges of the brittle and break it into pieces. To store, pack in single layers, separated by waxed or parchment paper in airtight containers. It will keep for up to one month.

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Peanut Brittle

6 Comments

  • Kendall Haun
    3 months ago

    College is such a different animal than high school or elementary when it comes to teacher appreciation day… every day is teacher appreciation day in their eyes! So thanks for giving me an idea to get them to round my grade up xD

  • 3 months ago

    This is such a cute idea! And a great idea for a party favor, too.

  • I love making peanut brittle Cindy. It’s one of my favorite candies. Such a great idea for teacher appreciation day!

  • We only have a fur baby, but she is in desperate need of a teacher. 😉 She just never listens to any commands. lol. Anyways, I’m looooving this peanut brittle!!! I looks absolutely perfect, Cindy! And those bags you put it in are the cutest! You always have the most creative ideas!! Cheers, lady! <3

  • 3 months ago

    What a gorgeous way to thank teachers! I am kid free but have worked as a teacher and I can tell you I would adore any kid that gave me a bag of peanut brittle. I am easily won over eh. Those bags are super cute!!!

  • This is so cute! Anyone would be happy to receive one of these!