You can have homemade maple cinnamon peanut brittle in just 30 minutes with this recipe that uses maple syrup instead of corn syrup! Classic candy with lovely maple cinnamon flavors, perfect for holiday teats & gift giving.
Making peanut brittle from scratch the old-fashioned way (on the stove with a candy thermometer) is actually a fun process. To watch the sugars go from granulated pieces to a thick caramelized looking mixture is both as fascinating as it is enjoyable and once you learn how to make old-fashioned peanut brittle you’re only a few steps away from making old-fashioned taffies and other candies!
Maple peanut brittle recipe
This peanut brittle recipe is one that we have come to really enjoy lately. It’s got so much great flavor in every bite that I find it hard to share. It’s got real maple syrup, butter, unsalted peanuts, and cinnamon in every bite so it truly tastes like the holidays. Make an extra special batch and gift it out to your friends and family!
What is Peanut Brittle Made From?
-Sugar: You will need 1 cup of granulated sugar to make sure the brittle is sweet.
-Butter: Use ½ cup of unsalted butter to give us that rich taste we’re looking for.
-Maple syrup: By using ⅓ cup of maple syrup we can get a great flavor.
-Water: You will need ¼ cup of water to help get to the perfect consistency.
-Vanilla: Add in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract for flavor enhancement.
-Peanuts: Use 1 ¼ cup of roasted unsalted peanuts so that every piece of brittle has a perfect amount of nuts.
-Cinnamon: You will need 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
-Baking soda: This is a magical ingredient that will help for the end texture, so you will need ½ teaspoon of baking soda.
How to make peanut brittle without corn syrup
Grease the insides of a sheet pan with unsalted butter and then set it aside.
Combine the sugar, butter, maple syrup, water, and vanilla extract in a heavy-bottomed saucepan.
Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until the mixture begins to boil.
Insert a candy thermometer and continue to cook until the thermometer registers 300 degrees F for the “hard crack” stage.
Remove the pan from the heat and then quickly stir in the peanuts, cinnamon, and baking soda.
Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread the mixture out thinly. Work quickly to prevent it from cooling in the pan.
Leave the brittle to cool completely and then break it into pieces and serve or package into small gifts for the holidays. Enjoy!
Maple Cinnamon Peanut Brittle
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 ¼ cup Spanish peanuts
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp baking soda
- Prepare a sheet pan by greasing with unsalted butter or line with parchment paper.
- In a heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, maple syrup, water and vanilla extract. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture starts to boil.
- Insert a candy thermometer into mixture and continue cooking until the thermometer registers 300°F or “hard crack” stage. (NOTE: If you live in a higher elevation, cook candy to 10° under, so 290°F.)
- Remove from the heat, quickly stir in the peanuts, cinnamon and baking soda.
- Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out thinly. Work quickly to prevent it cooling in the pan.
- Leave to cool completely and then break into pieces and serve or package as gifts for the holidays.
Does Peanut Brittle Have Dairy?
The only dairy ingredient in this peanut brittle is butter. We use an entire cube of butter, 1/2 cup, but often, because the butter is cooked, many people with dairy intolerances won’t react!
Will Peanut Brittle Stick to Parchment Paper?
One of the reasons I love using parchment paper to cool candy on so much is that NO, it won’t stick to it! The only candy I’ve ever had stick to parchment paper was when I didn’t cook my homemade caramel long enough. That was a bit of a mess!
Can I use unsalted peanuts for peanut brittle?
Yes, you can use unsalted peanuts if desired. If you want a salty taste but don’t have salted peanuts then you can simply add in 1/4 teaspoon of salt. You can even use other nuts such as walnuts or pecans if desired.
How long is homemade peanut brittle good for?
This peanut brittle can be made and stored in an airtight container for up to 2 months giving you plenty of time to enjoy this sweet treat!
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You’re going to love making homemade peanut brittle. It’s such a delicious treat and easy to make from scratch, the time spent is always well worth it when you get to bite down on those tasty chewy pieces of candy.
You can make this recipe with just four ingredients (peanuts, maple syrup, butter, and cinnamon) so there are no hard-to-find items or expensive equipment needed. Plus it’s gluten free so everyone can enjoy this delicious treat! It will become your new fall favorite. Packed with spiced flavors and all of your favorite things about peanut brittle, you’re going to love this sweet candy recipe. The best part? It makes for an excellent homemade gift idea too! So what are you waiting for? Get started today on making some maple cinnamon peanut brittle!