1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 tablespoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
3 cups sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
3 cups shelled raw peanuts
Measure the vanilla into a small bowl and set aside. Combine the baking soda and salt in another small bowl and set aside. Butter 1 cookie sheet with sides or jelly roll pan liberally with 1/2 stick of the butter. Set aside.
Combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1/2 cup water in a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, attach a candy thermometer and cook over medium-high heat until the syrup spins a thread when poured from a spoon or reaches 240 degrees F on the thermometer. Stir in the peanuts and continue cooking and stirring until the candy becomes golden brown or reaches 300 degrees F.
Remove from the heat immediately and quickly add the remaining 1 stick butter and the vanilla, baking soda and salt. Stir only until the butter melts, and then quickly pour the brittle onto the cookie sheet, spreading the mixture thinly. When the brittle has completely cooled, break the candy into pieces and store in a tightly covered container.
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 cup dry-roasted or shelled raw peanuts
2 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons vanilla
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large glass bowl. Microwave on HIGH 5 minutes, add peanuts, and microwave 2 more minutes with 1,000-watt microwave. Microwave 4 more minutes if using a 700-watt microwave. Stir in remaining ingredients.
Pour into a buttered 15- x 10-inch jellyroll pan; shake pan to spread thinly. Cool until firm, and break into pieces. Store in an airtight container.
Stove top Brittle: Prep: 5 min., Cook: 8 min., Stand: 5 min. Cook first 3 ingredients in a medium-size heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture starts to boil. Boil without stirring 5 minutes or until a candy thermometer reaches 310°. Add peanuts, and cook 2 to 3 more minutes or to 280°. (Mixture should be golden brown.) Remove from heat, and stir in butter and remaining ingredients. Pour mixture onto a metal surface or into a shallow pan. Allow to stand 5 minutes or until hardened. Break into pieces.
Pecan Brittle: Substitute 1 cup chopped pecans for peanuts.
Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Brittle: Prepare peanut brittle as directed. Melt 2 (2-ounce) chocolate bark coating squares; dip peanut brittle pieces into melted chocolate. Place on wax paper, and let harden
Popcorn Peanut Brittle: Prepare brittle as directed. Stir in 1 cup popped popcorn before pouring into pan.
1 cup smooth peanut butter
1 1/4 cups whole milk, at room temperature
2 eggs at room temperature, beaten
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups all purpose gluten free flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 to 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
Preheat your oven to 325°F. Grease or line a standard 9-inch x 5-inch loaf pan and set it aside.
In a large, heat-safe bowl, place the peanut butter. Microwave for 30-seconds on high power just to loosen up the peanut butter and make it easier to stir. Remove it from the microwave and whisk the peanut butter until smooth. Add the milk, eggs, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda, whisking to combine well after each addition. The batter will be thin. Switch to a large spoon or spatula, and add the flour and cornstarch, mixing to combine after each addition. The batter will be relatively thick. Scrape the batter into the prepared loaf pan, and smooth the top with a wet spatula. Using a very sharp knife, score the center of the loaf along the length from one end to the other in one swift motion. Scatter the (optional) chocolate chips over the top of the batter, and press the chips gently into the batter to adhere.
Place the pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached (about 1 hour), rotating once during baking. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the loaf pan for 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely. Slice thickly and serve with jam, jelly or preserves. Wrap any leftover slices tightly in freezer-safe wrap and freeze until ready to use. Defrost at room temperature.
1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker squares, finely crushed
1/2 cup butter, melted
2 tablespoons sugar
2 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate pieces
2 tablespoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. In a medium bowl combine crackers, melted butter, and the 2 tablespoons sugar. Press into the bottom and 1 inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan; set aside. In a large mixing bowl beat 1 package of the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Beat in peanut butter and the 1/4 cup sugar until combined. Fold in the one lightly beaten egg; set aside.
In a small saucepan cook and stir chocolate pieces over low heat until melted. Remove from heat. Cut the remaining cream cheese into cubes; stir into melted chocolate until smooth. Stir in milk and vanilla. Fold in the two lightly beaten eggs. Spread half of the chocolate mixture over crust. Spoon peanut butter mixture over chocolate layer; gently spread to cover. Evenly spread remaining chocolate mixture over peanut butter layer.
Bake about 45 minutes or until top is set when gently shaken. The outer 2 inches of the top will be slightly puffed and dry-looking; the center will look darker and wet. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen crust from sides of pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving. If desired, sprinkle with peanuts.