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spicy peanut brittle

Spicy Sesame Ginger Peanut Brittle

Spicy Sesame Ginger Peanut Brittle is a sweet and spicy peanut brittle that livens up your holiday treat platter. Packed with peanuts and sesame seeds and spiced up with ginger and red pepper flakes, it’s a unique holiday gift for the heat seekers on your list, and tree trimming snack. Plus, you can make it in under 8 minutes in your microwave!
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 157kcal
Author Cara Lanz


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 10 ounces raw Spanish peanuts
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • sea salt


  • Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper. You can also use foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Or a silicon baking mat.
  • In a 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup or microwave safe bowl, add the sugar and corn syrup and stir them together. You HAVE to stir them together or they will burn. Microwave on high for 4 minutes.
  • Stir in the peanuts, sesame seeds, ginger, and red pepper flakes. Microwave on high for 3 ½ minutes.
  • If the mixture has not yet turned golden brown, microwave for up to an additional 1 ½ minutes, or until it turns golden brown. Note: the color of the ginger and the red pepper flakes may make the sugar mixture look like it’s turning golden, but this is usually just at the top. If the bottom is still pretty clear, keep on going.
  • When the mixture has started to turn golden, add the butter and vanilla — it may sputter a little when you add the vanilla. Add the baking soda and stir, stir, stir. It will turn foamy and creamy and really easy to stir. Pour the mixture out onto your prepared baking sheet and spread your spicy peanut brittle out to your desired thickness.
  • Let it cool for about 30 minutes. Break into small pieces.
  • Store your spicy peanut brittle in an airtight container.


Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg