Spicy Peanut Brittle

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My nephew: I could go for some peanut brittle.

Me: Hold my beer.


2 cups dry roasted peanuts
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup light corn syrup
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda


Use butter to grease a large rimmed baking sheet. Also grease the spatula. Combine peanuts and cayenne, in a bowl. Set aside.

Combine sugar, corn syrup, and salt in a medium saucepan. Use medium heat to melt and boil until melted sugar turns light brown. It turns quickly so keep watching. Stir in peanut mixture,  butter and vanilla.

Carefully stir in baking soda. Immediately pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and, working as quickly as you can with spatula, spread it out into a thin layer. Let cool at room temperature until completely hardened, 20 to 30 minutes, then break into pieces.

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