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5 from 15 votes

Cayenne Toffee-Style Peanut Brittle

Thanks to Nancy Groutage who made this for us, sometime after I asked, "How do you make peanut brittle?"
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Holiday
Author: Dan from Platter Talk


  • 1 1/2 sticks butter 3/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Karo syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups mixed nuts


  • In heavy sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add sugars, syrup, and cayenne pepper and mix together until sugars are dissolved.
  • Gently fold in nuts.
  • Increase heat and bring mixture to boil and turns a golden brown in color.
  • Place mixture on cookie sheet and allow to cool and harden.
  • Break into pieces, using your hands.


For firmer toffee, use less butter
For softer toffee, use a little more butter
For more zip, add an additional 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.