Five-Spice Peanuts

Spiced peanuts on tray
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  • 40 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Peanuts are a symbol of longevity and fertility in Chinese culture and are an extremely popular snack. Feel free to vary the basic recipe by experimenting with different combinations of spices.

What You'll Need

  • 2 cups unsalted peanuts (without skins)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder

How to Make It

  1. Line a baking sheet with foil or wax paper, or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a small heavy saucepan, melt the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup over medium heat to dissolve the sugar. Stir in the five-spice powder. Bring to a boil.
  3. Let boil for several minutes without stirring. When it reaches the "soft ball" stage remove from the heat. Stir in the peanuts.
  4. Spread the mixture out on the sheet. Let stand until it has hardened. Break into pieces. Store in a sealed cannister. 
    Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
    Calories 266
    Total Fat 21 g
    Saturated Fat 4 g
    Unsaturated Fat 10 g
    Cholesterol 8 mg
    Sodium 12 mg
    Carbohydrates 15 g
    Dietary Fiber 3 g
    Protein 9 g
    (The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)