Caramelized Peanuts

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  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
305 Calories
18g Fat
31g Carbs
9g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 cups (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 305
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 43mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Protein 9g
Calcium 35mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This recipe for caramelized peanuts produces a deliciously crispy, crunchy, sweet, and salty snack. These peanuts are coated with a crunchy layer of sugar that is generously flavored with salt, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. You can experiment with other spices as well to truly customize your peanuts. These are amazing on their own, but you can also chop them up and add them to cookies, brownies, and even savory dishes like salads.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw peanuts
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/8 tsp kosher or sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and set aside for now.

  2. In a large, heavy skillet, combine the water, sugar, and peanuts over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.

  3. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, while the liquid reduces and becomes syrupy. After about 10 minutes, the mixture will turn grainy and the peanuts will look sandy.

  4. Continue to cook and stir the mixture. The peanuts will get darker, and over time the grainy sugar will melt in spots and turn into syrup. It is important to stir frequently so that the peanuts do not burn and the sugar syrup gets evenly distributed.

  5. Cook the peanuts until they are a deep golden brown or a light amber color. Do not worry if you still have grains of sugar clinging to the peanuts; this is normal and it gives the finished candy a delicious crunchy texture. When they are very near the desired color, add the salt and cinnamon, and stir several times. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla and stir.

  6. Scrape the peanuts onto the prepared baking sheet and spread them in a thin layer with your spoon. Allow them to cool, then break them into small pieces. Once the peanuts are completely cool, they can be packaged in an airtight container and stored at room temperature for several weeks.