Chocolate-Covered Microwave Peanut Brittle

Candy-making in the microwave in 9 minutes.

Why wait for the pre-Christmas holiday season when you can chip a tooth any time of the year.

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You don’t need a candy thermometer, it’s made in one bowl in the microwave, it’s ready to go in 9 minutes, and it’s covered in chocolate.

Of course you don’t have to top it with chocolate, but I think everything is better covered in chocolate.

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I made Seven Minute Microwave Caramels and then I one-upped them with Chocolate-Covered 7-Minute Microwave Caramels

So right off the bat with the peanut brittle, chocolate is involved. I sprinkled chocolate chips on top of the hot brittle right after turning it out onto parchment. The residual heat from the brittle melted the chips so I had one less step and one less bowl to wash. Talk about easy.

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The peanut brittle reminds me of Chocolate Saltine Toffee, otherwise known as Christmas Crack, because of the buttery, toffee flavor and the chocolate.

The difference is that the peanut brittle will stick to your teeth and it’s exceedingly crunchy. I read in the comments of this recipe where people have said that adding extra baking soda prevents some of the tooth-sticking situation, although I haven’t tried it.

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If you’re looking for a fast and easy way to satisfy your sweet tooth without turning on your oven, try this. It’s also gluten-free if that’s a consideration for you.

The honey roasted peanuts in the brittle help create a salty-and-sweet element that will have you reaching for just one more piece. And one more.

If you need to a hostess gift, this is so easy and no one has to know it only takes 9 minutes to make.

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It’s too good to only eat in December when it gets lost in a sea of sugar cutout cookies, peppermint fudge, and eggnog.

Savor the salty-and-sweet, tooth-sticking, good stuff year-round.

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Chocolate-Covered Microwave Peanut Brittle (gluten-free)

This flavorful, buttery, and very crunchy peanut brittle is made in the microwave in one bowl in just 9 minutes, without needing a candy thermometer. It’s so simple to make and makes a great gift, and no one will suspect how fast and easy it is. If you want to keep the brittle more traditional, omit the chocolate topping, but I prefer everything covered in chocolate.

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1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup (light in color, not lite)
1 cup peanuts (I use honey roasted, or try salted dry roasted)
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips


  1. This is a fast moving recipe. Read the recipe at least twice, in entirety, before beginning. Have everything ready and in place before beginning. Use caution at all stages of recipe, including using a truly microwave-safe microwave-bowl and a trustworthy hot mitt. My microwave is an 1100-watt microwave; if yours is a significantly different wattage, you may need to reduce or extend cooking times slightly.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. To a large microwave-safe bowl (at least 2 quarts because mixture bubbles up considerably) , add the sugar and corn syrup. Cook on high power for 4 minutes.
  4. Remove bowl from microwave and stir the mixture. Stir in the peanuts.
  5. Return bowl to microwave and cook on high power for 3 1/2 minutes.
  6. Remove bowl from microwave and stir in the butter.
  7. Stir in the vanilla. Use caution; this will cause the mixture to bubble up.
  8. Return bowl to microwave and cook on high power for 1 1/2 minutes.
  9. Remove bowl from microwave and stir in the baking soda until evenly distributed and mixture is light in color. Use caution; this will cause the mixture to bubble up and foam.
  10. Turn mixture out onto parchment, spreading in a thin layer about 1/2-inch thick, or to desired thickness.
  11. Wait about 1 minute, just so it’s very slightly firmed up, and evenly sprinkle the chocolate chips over the brittle.
  12. Wait 1 to 2 minutes, or until chips have softened and melted, and with a spatula or knife, smooth out the chocolate.
  13. Allow brittle and chocolate to set up at room temperature for at least 2 hours before breaking or cutting into pieces.
  14. Brittle will keep airtight at room temperature for at least 2 weeks, or in the refrigerator for at least 1 month, likely much longer. I store mine in the fridge.

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes

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Have you ever made peanut brittle? Tried your hand at candy-making, either traditional or in the microwave?

95 comments on “Chocolate-Covered Microwave Peanut Brittle”

  1. I love microwaved sweet treats! These look like such tooth-sticking deliciousness. Thank you for sharing!

  2. I’ve never tried making my own peanut brittle, but I had an idea literally today about a savory spicy peanut brittle – as a garnish for entrees or perhaps for a spicy/salty/sweet dessert, like the Thai equivalent of Mexican chocolate – literally today and immediately thought of you. If anyone could conquer it and make a good one, it would be you! Maybe that’ll be in your next book, or your next Pinterest hit. ;)

    • I’ve had spicy chocolate before – like cayenne/chili powder with chocolate. It’s interesting and you have to get used to it, but it can be so good! It’s not everyone’s cup of tea so I haven’t really jumped on the idea for my blog, but glad you’re a fan!

  3. Yep. Totally going to happen. What’s better than a peanut butter, chocolatey, stick to your teeth, made in one bowl in 9 minutes treat without turning on your oven in the heat of summer? Nothing I tell you, nothing.

  4. I am so so so making this. Because it uses a microwave and second 9 minutes. I mean this sounds like a piece of cake which it might not be but we shall talk about that later.
    Oh and one more thing, I will in most probability replace peanuts with almonds. Yum it would be!

  5. I am so regret of just giving my microwave to my sister!

  6. I had a client give me some peanut brittle along with her recipe for it and I was surprised she had done it in the microwave. I remember how it bubbled up like crazy when the vanilla and baking soda were added! I’ve also made rock candy in the microwave (LorAnn oils recipe). Mom used to make fudge and divinity the long, hard way–candy thermometer, standing at the stovetop and then at the mixer. I’ll take a microwave version any day!!

    • I’ll take the micro way over your mom’s way, any day. My mom makes amazing caramels, but they’re done the old-fash way and I do love my micro way just as much. Same with the brittle. And glad you’ve tried it too! Yes…bubble up city!

  7. My son was just exclaiming yesterday in a gift shop how much he loves peanut brittle. This definitely seems easy enough for mom. Thanks Averie!

  8. I do not need an excuse to eat peanut brittle in my house. Any time is peanut time, especially with such an easy recipe too. I love this as it makes for the BEST ice cream topping when you out of candied nuts and choc flakes. Also the clean up is easy as. Honestly who wants to clean up after making caramel anyway?

  9. I love peanut brittle in the microwave. I love it even more with chocolate. Your candy is gorgeous Averie!!!

  10. Oh yum! I’m obsessed with anything peanut butter, so this looks so good, not to mention incredibly easy to make! Ever since your peanut butter cookbook came out, I’ve been obsessing over how incredible it sounds my sister. Today’s my birthday and she gave me my present last night, and it was a copy of your cookbook! I was so excited and now I can’t wait to try out all of the different delicious recipes :)

    • What an awesome comment and thanks to your sister for buying my book and I am so happy that you have it now! Happy Birthday, too!

      Please LMK what you make first, or as you make things, come back and drop me a comment on any post or on my FB wall and LMK how things are going! :)

  11. wow-these sound amazing! Really – do we have to cut them into bars?!
    Thanks so much for sharing this mouhwatering recipe!

  12. I still haven’t tried this trick. I should. I love brittle. Ok, so maybe I shouldn’t so I don’t hurt myself eating it all ;-)

  13. I’ve been wanting to try this recipe! Since you approve, now I know I have to. I love a little peanut brittle, though it is rather annoying how it sticks in your teeth.

  14. I need to try your recipe, Averie. I’ve attempted peanut brittle at least 3 times, and each time has been a disaster. The microwave method sounds fool-proof and something that I can’t mess up!

  15. Great idea for a quick and easy hostess gift! Pinning to try!

  16. Love this! Would make awesome gifts!

  17. 9 min to this? OK!!! I love quick desserts that turn out. Sometimes a girl just needs a quick sugar hit!

  18. This is so fast and easy!! Ah, yum! Love convenient, chocolate recipes (:

  19. You have the best microwave treats! It’s truly amazing. These look incredible!

  20. This is so awesome and so quick to make. Christmas cooking gifts just got easier for me.

  21. Would it be too much to propose to you over this one? Seriously. OMG :)

  22. I’m not a huge brittle fan…maybe cuz I don’t want to chip my tooth? lol In all honesty, I do eat it from time to time, but I’m usually not very excited about it. I’d be excited about this one! It must be that chocolatey coating and the fact that it’s 9 minutes. Sounds like a winner!

  23. I love that this is candy… made in a microwave. Almost dangerously easy! Fast, easy, microwavable- perfect to make for late- night studying! (My mind is on school stuff already… yikes!)

  24. How do you come up with these incredible microwave treats?! I love it!!

    • Pressed for time, don’t want to turn on the oven, and bake so much stuff that sometimes I need to make SMALL batches of things …not like 3 more dozen cookies that we don’t need :)

  25. Averie, you make me live one dangerous life! I love it! Thanks for the danger! <3

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