Just before I started writing, I stumbled upon a website with a page for ‘Countdown to Christmas’. It said 17 Days, 22 Hours and 28 minutes… But who is counting? Well, we are all counting! My 21 month old is already trying to sing ‘Jingle Bells..’ and he is more in tune than I am..! I am glad I found some time today to do some holiday cooking. I warmed up my cold winter afternoon by making some Peanut Brittle and Almond Butter Cookies.

You need:

1 1/2 cups peanuts (or 1 1/4 cups peanuts and 1/4 cup almonds)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (I used 1/2 tbsp butter + 1/2 tbsp peanut butter)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
Red, Green sugar crystals (optional)

Butter the baking sheet. Combine corn syrup, sugar and nuts in a medium microwaveable glass container.

Microwave on high for 4 minutes, stir and place back in the microwave for an additional 4 minutes on high or
until the mixture is golden brown. You may have to add a minute or so depending on your microwave. Carefully
watch the container in last couple of minutes, the mixture should not get darker than golden brown.

Add vanilla and butter, stirring until butter is completely melted. Microwave for 1 minute carefully
watching the container for over cooking.

Remove from microwave and stir in baking soda. The mixture will become frothy.Quickly spread out evenly on
greased baking sheet. Sprinkle red and green sugar crystals if using.

Let cool completely and then break into small pieces.

Sometimes, I slip by a minute or so and brittle gets overcooked. But today it came out nice and golden. I am taking it to work for my coworkers tomorrow.