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Amish Peanut Brittle

While the Amish are low-key in their celebrations of Christmas, one area that they do show their appreciation for the season is in the kitchen. Special cinnamon coffeecakes, Christmas cookies, baked breads, and homemade candies give a hint that this is a special time of year. One old-fashioned holiday staple found in many Amish kitchens, one that we've had some recipe requests for is: homemade peanut brittle.

AMISH PEANUT BRITTLE

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup white Karo syrup
1/2 cup water 1
(8 ounce) package raw peanuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda, sifted

Have ready a buttered cookie sheet.

Cook sugar, water and syrup until mixture threads (approximately 10 to 12 minutes). Add salt and raw peanuts and stir constantly. Cook until peanuts are toasty brown (approximately 10 minutes).

Remove from heat and add baking soda. Stir quickly and thoroughly. Pour at once onto prepared cookie sheet. Let mixture spread itself. Cool and break into pieces.


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