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!
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.
Merry Christmas all! Happy Reading and Writing!