Peanut Butter Peanut Brittle

A softer alternative to a traditional holiday favorite:

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2 cups sugar
1/4 cup water
1-1/2 cups light corn syrup
2 cups salted peanuts
2 to 2-1/2 cups peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 tsp. baking soda

Combine sugar and water in heavy saucepan. Bring mixture to full rolling boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Stir in corn syrup. Cook to hard crack stage, 290 degrees.

Meanwhile, heat peanut butter in pot using double boiler.  Add peanuts and make mixture hot and creamy.   Just before  syrup hits 290 add vanilla, stir, turn off heat at 290 degrees and immediately add melty peanut/peanut butter mixture and soda; stir quickly and vigorouslly. Working quickly, pour or trowel onto buttered cookie sheet; spread with tools. Cool; cut into into pieces.  It is fragile but tastes great!

Yield: About 3 pounds of creamy peanut brittle.

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