Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Peanut Patties - the Recipe

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As a kid my brother and I loved those dark pink peanut patties. They were about 3 inches around and only cost a nickle. Loaded with sugar, and with our snaggle teeth, eating one took longer than if we'd bought a Hershey bar. Of course, in those days if we got one a month we were lucky. I can remember when we lived on the air force base in Newfoundland we'd get a quarter to go to the movie and have enough left for a coke and a candy bar. We were appalled when the tickets went up and we had to pick between a coke or candy.

When my children were small, one of my teacher friends made peanut patties and brought them to school. They were delicious and as good as the ones from my childhood. From then on I made them every Christmas along with pecan tassies, chocolate fudge, fruitcake, lemon bars, pressed cookies, cut out cookies, and several cheese balls.

Unfortunately, now that we're older, I rarely bake anymore. For one thing, we don't need all the sweets and second, the kids aren't here long enough to eat it all. So, that leaves too much for me to finish off.

For those of you who love peanut patties and want a good recipe, here it is. Enjoy!

Peanut Patties

1/2 recipe makes 18 patties. Grease muffin tins before beginning preparation.

3 C. sugar
1 C. milk (Evaporated Milk)
1 C. white Karo syrup

Cook until hard ball stage. Remove from heat. Add 1/4 lb. oleo, 1 t. vanilla, few drops red food coloring, 3 C. roasted peanuts. Beat until changes color. (will become cloudy in appearance.)

Working fast, pour about 1/2 inch layer in muffin pans. Let cool and set.

Please leave a comment and let me know what candy is your favorite to make for the holidays. If you make the peanut patties, I'd love to know how you like them.

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  1. I don't think I've ever had a peanut patty. Hmm. I'll have to try this recipe. Thank you! But I do remember going to my grandma's when I was little. I knew exactly where she kept the snickerdoodles...and there was always plenty in the cookie tub when I went to look!

  2. They're delicious, Linda. I hope you do try them. Oh, our grannies always had something sweet for us didn't they? Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Thanks for the recipe, Linda. I may try it but add green food coloring for "Christmas Patties." Maybe they can be shaped like wreaths or Christmas trees and M&Ms can add some flair.

  4. Hi, Linda. I like to make my own "Mounds" patties. They are enormous, and I usually use pecans instead of almonds... My father still asks for them. LOL

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  5. Tiffany, I'll post a recipe for Christmas wreaths that are very colorful and nutritious too. Thanks for your comment.

  6. Yummy, Skhye. I need that recipe.

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  7. Oh, I so remember eathing these as a kid, too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  8. LOL, Anna, I'm glad I'm not the only one who remembers them.

  9. LINDA--I guess you have to be a Texan to love Peanut Patties. I'll pass on your recipe, though, because I have my own. I ask my husband each year--name three Christmas goodies you want this year. He named Brandied Nut Cake, those white cookies made with butter and little white chocolate chips and pecans, and....Peanut Patties. He asks for Peanut Patties every year. Mine calls for evaporated milk instead of plain milk. Oh, my lands, they're good.Merry Chrismas--Celia

  10. You reckon, Celia? Never thought about that. The Brandied Nut Cake cookies sound yummy. I love white chocolate. Hmmm, evaporated milk. Bet they are rich and delicious.