Sesame Peanut Chew Candies


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Raw Peanuts

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Since I come across quite a number of recipes, it’s rare that I go completely nuts over any particular one. But this recipe for Sesame Peanut Chew Candies has become my new food obsession. I love it. It has this brittle meets cookie thing going on. It has that beautiful deep flavor of a great brittle but with its cookie like texture, it doesn’t have the rock hard, “I think I just chipped my tooth” hardness of your standard brittle recipe.  It with only 5 ingredients, it’s super easy to whip up a batch whenever you get the craving.

This recipe comes from the recently release cookbook, Heart of the Artichoke (easily, one the best cookbooks to be released in 2010). 



Originally printed in Heart of the Artichoke by David Tanis


  • 2 cups raw peanuts
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ TSP salt
  • 1/4 TSP vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites


  1. Reheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Mix the peanuts, sesame seeds, sugar, salt and vanilla in a mixing bowl. Whisk the egg whites into soft peaks. Stir half the whites into the nut mixture, then gently fold in the remaining whites.
  2. Spread evenly on the baking sheet about 1/2” thick. Bake until the brittle turns a toasty brown, about 25 minutes. Cool on a rack
  3. Peel off the parchment paper while the brittle is still a bit warm.
  4. Allow to cool and harden completely before cutting into small squares.

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