My children have made this recipe, with
supervision, for holiday gifts for years, and the recipients always
ask for more.
1 cup raw peanuts
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup white corn syrup
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. baking soda
Stir together peanuts, sugar, syrup, and salt in a 1-1/2 quart
casserole or batter bowl. Place in microwave oven and cook 7-9
minutes, stirring well, after 4 minutes. Color should turn a pale
yellow-brown.Add butter and vanilla to syrup, blending well. Return
to oven and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Peanuts will be lightly
browned and syrup very hot. Add baking soda and stir as quickly
as possible until light and foamy. Pour mixture onto lightly greased
cookie sheet, let cool 1/2 to 1 hour. When cool, break into small
pieces and store in airtight container.
NOTE: If roasted salted peanuts are used, omit salt and add peanuts
after first 4 minutes of cooking.