Monday, December 16, 2019

Microwave Peanut Brittle

 Do you need any last minute food gifts to give to family or friends??  I have the best Microwave Peanut Brittle that comes from my high school friend, Lois.  It is so incredibly easy and the BEST! 

 Lois (on the bottom left), and me (on the bottom right) were in theater together in high school, and this was not a class that we got credit for, either.  Our play director was Sister Phillip, and we practiced in the evenings during the school week. We did not have to try out, if I recall correctly, as Sister Phillip just cast us to what she thought was the best fit.  The photo above was in our local Columbus, Ohio newspaper for the promotion of The Imaginary Invalid.  Lois and I also were in You Can't Take It With You, which if you've never seen the play,  is about an zany, eccentric family with one normal person (played by me), who reluctantly, wants to bring her fiancé and his parents home to meet her family.  The moral of the story is that you can have all the riches in the world, but if you're not happy, "you can't take it with you".   We had such fun our Junior and Senior years!  Lois and I also worked together at a snack bar at a swimming pool in the summertime. 

 I'm using my December Royal Albert teacup that my friend gifted me from her late mother's collection.

 My late beloved Dad gifted me this sweet Goebel angel and baby Jesus, back in 1979 (I wrote it on the underside!). 

 My youngest son, Kevin, gifted this tea set when he was just a little boy.

 My late friend, Kathryn, gifted me this sweet angel. 

 My late beloved hubby made me this beautiful wooden box the Christmas before he passed away.  It's always on my dining room table.  My friend, Cheryl, at Homespun Devotions  honored me by including my treasured memory in her post, which can be found here.

My four children gifted me with this beautiful nativity set years ago. 


Microwave Peanut Brittle

Microwave Peanut Brittle

My friend, Lois, got this recipe from her late beloved mother, who was known as one of Ohio State Buckeyes biggest fans! Thank you for sharing the recipe, Lois! 


  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups Raw Spanish Peanuts (I found mine in a 30 oz. bag at Wal Mart)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Utensils needed:
  • Cookie sheet with sides
  • Large (2 quart) glass measuring pitcher with handle
  • Wooden spoon


How to cook Microwave Peanut Brittle

  1. Butter the cookie sheet.  Set aside.
  2. Mix the corn syrup and sugar with the wooden spoon in the glass measuring pitcher.  Microwave for 4 minutes* stirring halfway through.
  3. Stir in peanuts and salt.  Microwave for 4 minutes* stirring halfway through.
  4. Stir in vanilla and butter.  Microwave for 1 minute*.
  5. Quickly mix in baking soda until mixture is foamy.  Pour onto buttered cookie sheet.  Tip from side to side to help spread the mixture.   Cool completely.  Crack.  Enjoy!


Lois's hints: *Microwave wattage varies from oven to oven. This recipe worked great in my microwave that is 10 years old, but Lois said that in her new microwave oven, which is 1200 watts, she had to reduce the power to 70%, but used the same times. Hint: Line up your ingredients and measure in advance. Put the salt and peanuts together; the vanilla and butter together; the baking soda in a small dish for the last step.
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  1. What happened to my last batch of peanut brittle made in the microwave has been well documented, 😣 It is easy if one gets the power right. Mine was too high, much too high.

    That’s a sweet photo of you with your friend Lois. Sweet memories shared, too.

    Loved seeing all of your treasures. Merry on, Kitty!

  2. I like that black and white photo of you back in high school Kitty. The peanut brittle sounds so good and easy to make in the microwave oven. Thanks for the recipe and idea for gift giving. Hope you have a nice week Kitty.

  3. Congratulations,Kitty!You are the sweetest lady!Amazing post!!!I love all of your treasures...Wonderful tea set too!Blessings and Merry Christmas!

  4. Oh, Kitty, I love the picture of you and your friend. What a sweet photo to have! Christmas finds us bringing out all our treasures, doesn't it? Your beautiful box made by your beloved, the tea set from your son, etc. Those are the things that bring so much joy and warmth into one's home. I made peanut brittle for years and gifted it to many family members and friends. I haven't made it lately as we all find it hard on the choppers but I must make some for my grandson. He would enjoy it. Thank you for sharing your recipe and have a delightful week. Merry Christmas, Kitty!

  5. What sweet memories are all around you, especially at Christmas time. They are here, too, in the ornaments on the tree and other decorations. The photo of you and your friend is a precious one. Thanks for sharing your peanut brittle recipe. Merry Christmas, Kitty!

  6. Such a lovely post, and a joy to see your treasures.
    I like everything, especially the December Royal Albert teacup.

    My good wishes.

    All the best Jan

  7. Your peanut brittle looks great Kitty! I tried a couple batches once but didn't have any luck. I'll have to try it again! Merry Christmastime-enjoy:@)

  8. I enjoyed the throwback photos to your teen years!

    Your Nativity set is beautiful. Does your church observe the Blessing of the Bambellini (statue of Baby Jesus from the Nativity set) on the third Sunday of Advent? My church did it for the first time this year...but I forgot to bring mine. Whoops!

  9. Love all your gifted Christmas treasures Kitty! Your brittle sounds delicious and so easy too. What a great photo of you and your friend Lois in high school! ♥

  10. I love that you have such wonderful memories attached to so many of the gifts you use and display. I too try to write names/dates on the bottoms of gifts so I CAN remember who they are from and when in case I forget :) Love the picture of you and your friend Lois . . . lots of great memories there as well. I have to say I would love to make the peanut brittle but I have baked MORE than in any year I can remember so I will save this for another time. I just made Diana's caramels last night and tonight made her peanut butter fudge hahaha! I haven't tasted any of it but hubby says it is all spectacular lol. I'm going to head over and read your treasured memory . . .

  11. I enjoyed hearing about your HS days and the pic is adorable of you and your friends Lois. Lovely December teacup and saucer. Such special gifts from your loved ones. I know how much they mean to you. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas kitty............

  12. Wow, Kitty, so many treasures shared in this post! I adore all your gifted items - proof that keeping the old each year truly makes Christmas memorable. And I also love your loveseat - it's beautiful. Last but not least....the brittle. If I show this to Mr. P., I'm afraid this will become a staple, rather than a holiday treat, for him. He's addicted to sugar and has eaten a 5# tub from Sam's Club already!

  13. I LOVE peanut brittle, Kitty! I'm so glad you shared this recipe; I've already pinned it. :D All of your gifts are real treasures, aren't they? I know I wouldn't take anything for my special keepsakes. The December teacup is sooo pretty -- love the Royal Albert dishes. My niece collects the Willow Tree angels; I wonder if she has that nativity set.

    I so enjoyed this post, Kitty. I love the picture of you and your friend, Lois, when you were in high school. My husband did theater in college. He was probably the only engineering major in the theater at that time, LOL.

    I'm sorry I haven't gotten by here to visit much lately. I don't know what it is, but life has been just sooo busy. I miss connecting with my blog friends on a more regular basis. I hope you have a happy Christmas season, my friend!!

    Love and hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

  14. What a beautiful post! You have SO many beautiful keepsakes from special people in your lives. And the newspaper photo from your high school days is truly a kick! The most fun I had in high school was when I was in Jr. & Sr. plays! A friend has made microwave peanut brittle, but I've never tried it myself. Pinning this one! Thanks for sharing...May your Christmas season be sweet, just like you! <3

  15. Dear, sweet friend, thank you so much for mentioning your lovely Christmas Memory post here! I loved seeing the photo of you when you were young and hearing about the memories attached to your treasures. You are a treasure to us all!

  16. Cissy looks just like you Kitty!! Fun memories of high school, and I love how you really treasure your special things. The peanut brittle sounds divine!

  17. Oh I love all of the pictures Kitty. And thank you for the recipe. I love peanut brittle but have never tackled making any. Always though it too be hard. This looks like an easy recipe. Your December tea cup is stunning! So very pretty. Merry Christmas dear Kitty. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  18. Your have so many gorgeous keepsakes that loved ones have gifted you, Kitty. How lovely to bring them out and reminisce about those special times spent together. I must say, I smiled when I saw the Christmas Tree tea set. How fun to be in in the school play of 'Your Can't Take It With You'. I love the Frank Capra movie of this play. It is hysterical.

  19. Cherished memories! I love the newspaper photo of you and your friend, Lois and her peanut brittle sounds delicious and better yet, easy :) Thank you for sharing, Kitty ♥

  20. Awl, Kitty what a sweet post! That pic of you in hs is darling!!!

    Love the Columbus, Ohio and Buckeyes mentions - heh heh - gotta love our Bux this year, eh?

    Your sweet momentos of holidays past and special gifts given is so precious.

    Merry Christmas, sweet friend. Hugs.

  21. Ohhh! Your husband's gift...SO precious
    Thank you for the recipt dear friend....

  22. Kitty, I'm not much of a candy fan, but if I'm going to eat candy at all it will be something with nuts, like your peanut brittle. What a grand thing to make--so easy, with such rewarding results! You starred in one of my all-time favorite plays, "You Can't Take It with You"--love the movie, too, with Jean Arthur in your role.

  23. Kitty, what a great recipe. I used to have. Recipe for peanut brittle. Thanks for sharing. Love your sweet photo. Christmas blessings dear Kitty. Xo

  24. Your awesome post was featured on Full Plate Thursday,464. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us and hope you have a great New Year! Hope to see you in 2020!
    Miz Helen


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