Lillie’s Peanut Brittle

Golden peanut brittle cracked on a serving dish.

Golden peanut brittle cracked on a serving dish. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My grandmother¬† made some delicious Peanut Brittle. Just before she became ill with what would take her to the hospital¬† where we had to say good-bye to her, my cousin and I sat down with her and wrote down some of her recipes. I have sat at the same kitchen counter with her more times than I can count. I wish I could do it again. I’ve written before that she was a very unpretentious cook. Her food was simple and delicious. She made this recipe every now and then, but always around the holidays. My husband has never had quitting sense when it comes to sweets and has been known to end up with a stomach ache. The fault lies completely with him, and none with the cook or recipe:) I also admit that I’ve never been able to copy this dish. I’m hoping that somebody that lives near me will try the recipe and bring me just a little. I’m gonna hide it from my hubs though!

Lillie’s Peanut Brittle

1 1/2 cups of white sugar

1/2 cup white Karo syrup

1/4 cup water

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups raw peanuts

Combine sugar, water, and Karo syrup; bring to a boil. Stir in peanuts slowly without losing the boil. Keep at a rolling boil until peanuts pop or turn brown. Remove from heat and add soda. Stir well and pour into greased p an. Allow to cool. Break apart. When completely cool, store in an airtight container.


About Debbie

I have been married for 20 years to a Yankee, have two great kids, a fun and funny Southern family, and a whole bunch of friends. I try to enjoy the journey!
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4 Responses to Lillie’s Peanut Brittle

  1. That seems pretty easy! You were so smart to write down the recipes. My one regret is that I didn’t get the hang of making my family’s “greens”. Doesn’t taste like grandma’s. :(
    Debbie and Diane – do you southern gals make greens?

    • Debbie says:

      You know it, Paula. My folks have a whole patch of all sorts of greens. Collards, turnip greens, and kale,…good stuff. We have started sauteeing kale in olive oil. Not quite the southern way, but pretty tasty!

  2. Diane says:

    Sounds delish! Why is it we can never quite make these recipes as well as our grannies? Maybe they “accidentally” leave a step out LOL

    • Debbie says:

      That’s my sister’s trick! I think I just need more practice… Thanks for stopping by!