Cinnamon Peanut Brittle

Vegan Cinnamon Peanut Brittle

Today I had an overwhelming craving for something cinnamony. I also had some freshly purchased raw Spanish peanuts sitting on my kitchen counter. Even though I have made peanut brittle many, many times, I had never thought to change the recipe even the teensiest bit.  So, I went all out and added cinnamon.

I know. I am terribly creative.

I realize that vegan peanut brittle isn’t exactly hard to come by, nor am I the slightest bit unique in thinking of adding such a common spice to such a common candy.  But, if you have never tried it before, do so.  It is really, really good.

I would highly recommend a candy thermometer.  It is well worth the few dollars you will spend on it.  I tend to break them shortly after I purchase them, because they are made of glass, and I am destructive… so for this batch, I used a digital thermometer and the cold water method.

The pot you cook candy in is also important, and not to be overlooked, or your candy could be a flop.  I use a fairly thick sided pot.  Here is some relative info from I site I just found to maybe help demonstrate:

Like bread-making, candy-making is a simple concept, but sometimes you just have to try it out and fail a few times before you understand how NOT to do it.  That was my learning experience, at least.  There are a great amount of resources available on the internet that will elaborate on the details of proper candy making… but I am definitely not the best person to articulate those steps. :)

Cinnamon Peanut Brittle

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 heaping tbsp Earth Balance margarine

  • 1 1/4 cup raw Spanish peanuts
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Grease a cookie sheet.  In small bowl mix together baking soda and cinnamon.  In separate container, measure out your peanuts.  Make sure you have your vanilla extract handy.


In medium sized sauce-pan, combine sugar, corn syrup, water and Earth Balance.  Over medium heat, and stirring occasionally with wooden spoon, bring mixture to a boil.

Once it has started boiling, add Spanish peanuts.

Bring back up to boil and keep on medium heat until candy mixture reaches 300 degrees on your candy thermometer, or hard crack stage in your cold water test. (If syrup from pot is dropped into a shallow glass of cold water, it should immediately turn to the consistency of peanut brittle, and not bend)

Remove from heat and add baking soda/cinnamon mixture and vanilla.  Stir well and pour onto greased cookie sheet.  Wait a few minutes, until candy is cool enough to handle, and pull gently to desired thickness.

vegan peanut brittle

Let cool completely and then break into individual pieces.

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7 Responses to Cinnamon Peanut Brittle

  1. Kaia says:

    It’s been four years since you posted this and I’m making it for Tuesday! I could only find salted roasted peanuts (Swedes do not believe in plain peanuts, though every other nut imaginable can be bought as is), do you think that would work? Should I rinse the salt off or just hope for the best? I’ve never made it before so I have no idea what works best.

    Thanks in advance!

  2. Mo says:

    Sounds yummy!

  3. Thank you for giving me an alternative to using a candy thermometer. Just like spinach, dark chocolate chips and decent avocados, candy thermometers do not exist in Saudi Arabia! But now that I know this other method I will be trying this recipe for sure. It would make a great gift all done up in a pretty jar for someone, don’t you think? Thank you!

    • allyson says:

      No dark chocolate chips or avacodos!? You poor dear!!! I consist primarily of those two foods… makes me re-think what I am clearly taking for granted here in the states. :|

      I totally think the candy as a gift is brilliant.. I can’t believe I never thought of that before! Im glad you found the post helpful. I hope it works out great for you. The cold water-method was actually the way I learned to make candy…before I even knew such a contraption as a thermometer existed. :)

  4. I think this is wonderful. So happy you blogged about this cos this is on my list of christmas pressies to make people.

    • allyson says:

      Hey Jeni thanks!!! That’s brilliant…the gift giving… I may have to reconsider my gift giving approach this year. ;)

  5. Melisser says:

    Oh my, this sounds SO delicious! Why have I never made brittle?!