No Fuss Caramel Peanut Brittle Recipe

Werther's Caramel Peanut Brittle broken up into pieces.

Today’s Best Recipe is this no-fuss Caramel Peanut Brittle recipe. It captures the perfect flavor of fall’s caramel and pairs it with the crunch of peanuts.

The best part is it is an easy recipe.

Rest assured, this is the most simple peanut brittle recipe I’ve ever made and the quality and taste are gourmet!

Same caramel flavor from a golden brown caramel sauce smothering crunchy peanuts–it’s just less effort.

It’s an exciting twist on grandma’s famous peanut brittle.

It’s sure to be a hit!

No corn syrup is required.

No sugar mixture to stir and watching a candy thermometer until the temperature reaches the proper temperature.

It’s just delicious homemade peanut brittle with this great recipe.

The only thing that’s even a little bit hard here is unwrapping the candies.

This recipe will save a lot of time and still deliver the great taste of traditional caramel you seek.

Werther's Caramel Peanut Brittle broken up into pieces.

 

For those unfamiliar with this delicious confection, Brittle is a type of candy, consisting of flat broken pieces of hard sugar candy embedded with peanuts.

The sugar and water mixture is heated to the hard crack stage, approximately 300-degrees Fahrenheit.

There are those who have the belief that peanut brittle originated in the South.

Sure, the South has Jimmy Carter, whose well known for being a peanut farmer, but before the Carter family, Civil War soldiers survived on peanuts according to Smithsonian Magazine.

After all, peanuts are high in protein!

caramel peanut butter on white plate with red background.

 

Others, give credit to a woman, in the South, who, back in 1890, was trying to make taffy, but added baking soda rather than the cream of tartar the recipe listed.

There are many other versions, some say rather than a woman in the South, it was a woman in New England who confused the white powders while baking. 

Then there are the Celts who mixed sugar with peanut butter and created a holiday treat by roasting the ingredients.

Some credit the Irish with bringing Peanut Brittle to America around 1830.

And just like the origin of Peanut Brittle, there are many versions.

Some brittle includes almonds, other pecans.

Some even like pumpkin seeds.

You might want to try making this delicious, easy homemade Caramel brittle like they do in the Middle East with pistachios (the best pistachio brittle recipe), or give it an Asian flair with the addition of sesame seeds to complement the peanuts.

There are also many variations on how to make it.

If you ask one hundred cooks how to make peanut brittle, you’ll get one hundred variations.

We think you’ll agree, this modern recipe is easy and it’s delicious like the old-fashioned peanut brittle we grew up on.

Really, doesn’t the world need more Peanut Brittle?!

 

homemade peanut Brittle

Caramel Peanut Brittle Recipe Ingredients:

1 (5.5 ounce) package Werther’s Original Hard Candies, unwrapped

5 pieces Werther’s Original Caramels, unwrapped

1 Tablespoon unsalted butter

1 Tablespoon water

1 cup dry roasted peanuts

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coarse sea salt, optional

Caramel Peanut Butter Recipe Directions:

Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray, Or you can line your cookie sheet with non-stick parchment paper. 

Melt Baking and Hard Caramels with butter and water in a medium saucepan over low heat until smooth (about 15 minutes), stirring with a wooden spoon often.

Add the peanuts and cook 2-minutes longer.

Stir in the baking soda and the vanilla.

Using oven mitts, pour the hot caramel mixture out onto the prepared pan.

Immediately spread out thinly in an even layer with the back of a spoon and allow to cool to room temperature.

Move quickly because it beings to harden quickly.

easy caramel peanut butter poured and spread out in prepared baking sheet.

Sprinkle with coarse sea salt if you like.

Break into small pieces. (makes about 10 servings)

Store in an airtight container.

caramel peanut brittle pieces placed in airtight glass jar.

This caramel peanut butter recipe makes a great edible gift for the holiday season.

It’s a sweet treat any time of year.

We love it broken and sprinkled over ice cream.

I like it broken into smaller pieces to sprinkle over my toffee coffee.

Werther's Caramel Peanut Brittle broken up into pieces.

No Fuss Caramel Peanut Brittle Recipe

Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Caramel is fall's flavored and this EASY Caramel Peanut Brittle captures the flavor perfectly. This is the easiest peanut brittle recipe ever.

Ingredients

  • 1 (5.5 ounce) package Werther’s Original Hard Candies, unwrapped
  • 5 pieces Werther’s Original Caramels, unwrapped
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 cup dry roasted peanuts
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Coarse sea salt, optional

Instructions

  1. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray, Or you can line your cookie sheet with non-stick parchment paper. 
  2. Melt Baking and Hard Caramels with butter and water in a medium saucepan over low heat until smooth (about 15 minutes),stirring with a wooden spoon often.
  3. Add the peanuts and cook 2-minutes longer.
  4. Stir in the baking soda and the vanilla.
  5. Using oven mitts, pour the hot caramel mixture out onto the prepared pan.
  6. Immediately spread out thinly in an even layer with the back of a spoon and allow to cool to room temperature.
  7. Move quickly because it beings to harden quickly.
  8. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt if you like.
  9. Break into small pieces. (makes about 10 pieces)
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 3gProtein: 4g

Nutritional Information may not be accurate

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