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Vegan Peanut Brittle

Course Dessert


  • 1 c sugar
  • ½ c light corn syrup
  • ¼ c water
  • 1 tsp  vanilla or molasses
  • ½ tsp  salt
  • 2 c unsalted peanuts
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter, melted
  • 1 tsp  baking soda
  • candy thermometer


  • Turn your oven up to 300°F and place a greased jellyroll pan on the bottom rack while you prepare the brittle. Turn the oven off when the pan is hot to the touch; this will allow the brittle to spread nicely.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, corn syrup, salt, water, and molasses if using.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring to combine.
  • Once sugar has dissolved, stir in peanuts.
  • Stir until mixture reaches hard crack stage (300-310° F; a drop of it in a cup of ice water will be brittle and break easily, without bending).
  • Turn off heat, stir in margarine and soda and vanilla (if using), and pour onto prepared pan.
  • Gently tilt pan from side to side until candy has spread to desired thinness.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Break into pieces.