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Spicy Peanut Brittle

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My Spicy Peanut Brittle recipe starts with the sweet and ends with the heat. It’s a kicked-up version of traditional peanut brittle with no candy thermometer needed.


  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts


  1. Add the sugar, corn syrup, water, butter, vanilla, and cayenne a large stovetop pan.
  2. Stir the mixture with a wooden spoon or a spatula just once to ensure that everything is incorporated.
  3. Cook the mixture at medium heat. If you see that some of the sugar is not dissolved, just push it down with a rubber spatula. But do not stir the mixture. If you must, you can just swirl the pan but it’s best to just let it make a golden brown caramel.
  4. Cook the caramel until it is a golden brown color and it coats the back of a spoon without dripping off.
  5. Add the baking soda and stir in the peanuts. You’ll need to do this step quickly as the baking soda will cause the mixture to really bubble up.
  6. Stir with a wooden spoon.
  7. Quickly pour onto the baking sheet and let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.


Be very careful as hot caramel can cause burns if it touches your skin.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Desserts, sweets, treats
  • Method: Stove-top recipe
  • Cuisine: American