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. Who knew peanut brittle could be so easy?! It’s one of my Grandpa’s favorite treats so I’ll have to make him a batch. Love the chocolate topping!

  2. Love this! I don’t think to make candy enough and that needs to change. Why not when you can make it in the microwave! And I love having some peanut brittle like this on hand to give as a gift to a deserving friend or neighbor. Thanks for the recipe, A.!

  3. Though I’m more of a toffee fan than a peanut brittle fan, this is one of the rare cases where I actually like peanuts in dessert. My dad LOVES this stuff. I’m sending this link to my mom, but in all reality, I’ll have to make it for him if I want him to eat it. :D

  4. Mhmmm Averie this looks like a winner! But then again….all of your recipes are ;) I love when you don’t need a candy thermometer. It makes it so much simpler. I haven’t had peanut brittle in a while but I’ll be willing to break that trend and try this recipe. It looks super peanut buttery :)

  5. this is an absolutely genius recipe! yum!

  6. These look incredible Averie! I love that it’s made in the microwave!! Awesome recipe!

  7. Unfortunately I do not own microwave. But it’s always fun to read your recipes.

  8. I think I might love you! :)

  9. Amazing, Averie! I made peanut brittle last week (not for the blog). I love it so much. Love that it’s so quick and easy, that you added chocolate, and that it’s made in the microwave! Seriously LOVE that saltine toffee. :) So good!

    • What are the odds you made brittle LAST WEEK?!?! That’s when I was editing these pics. Made this about 2-3 weeks ago in advance of the trip. Needed easy recipes I could just bang out :)

  10. Ok I’ll totally have to give these a go. A couple years ago I attempted a faulty microwave divinity recipe (thanks a bundle Food Network Mag) and started a fire in the microwave. Luckily I was in someone else’s house when I was making it…or maybe that’s not lucky for them. No worries, the fire was put out quickly bc it was contained to the bowl I was using! Anyways, my last foray with microwave candies did’t go so well, as you can see :) but I’m willing to try again! haha

    • Omg a fire in your micro? Yeah I’d be super worried too but I’ve made MANY batches of caramels in the micro as well as the brittle without ANYTHING even so much as a tiny smidge of charcoal. NOTHING at all like your situation!

  11. This is such a dangerous recipe to have around when a sweet craving arises!

  12. woman I love all your happy accidents as I like to call them!
    peanut brittle in 9 minutes and no mess!
    Brilliant girl just brilliant!

  13. Oh, this stuff is dangerous. I can tell just by looking that I’d have to get it out the house quickly. It hits on all the stuff I crave the most, sweet, salty, crunchy, chocolaty. Yum!

  14. Tooth chipping year-round, I love it. :) How awesome that this is made in the microwave! I love peanut brittle on its own, but haven’t ever had it with chocolate. I assume it’s just that much better!

  15. I love all the things you do in the microwave. These are fantabulous!! I love peanut brittle and everything is better with chocolate, for sure!

  16. Ohh Averie these look amazing!! I love that you actually made these in the microwave!! :)

  17. I love anything nutty and a brittle is my favorite. If it’s this simple, I might just keep making it. Another recipe to pin. Thanks.

  18. You totally have me sold on the 9-minutes. I have neither time nor patience for candy making so this here is just perfect for me!

  19. I had such high hopes….. I failed! No bubbly concoction. Harden sugar that wouldn’t stir.

  20. Do we need something so delicious made the easiest way possible? Ugh…. help.

  21. This sounds perfect; buttery, stick to your teeth, sweet and sticky! my perfect candy!

  22. YES this is such a perfect gift-especially since it’s so easy! Anytime pb and chocolate are involved I’m also obviously pretty stoked :P

  23. Talk about instantly satisfying my sweet tooth…this is awesome! Have I told you how much I love your creativity? Beautiful job, as always!

  24. This is brilliant, Averie – will have to try. I make batches of toffee during the December holidays and each batch has me stirring for about 20 minutes…

  25. Using a thermometer to make candy is one of the things I hate the most! I stick it in one area and it’s the right temp. Another area and it’s too cool. SUCH a pain. I like the idea of making candy without the thermometer :)

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