Texas Peanut Patties

TEXAS PEANUT PATTIES
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Serves: 1 very selfish person! (or 24 small patties)
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Ingredients

3 c granulated sugar
2/3 c white karo syrup
1 c half and half
2 tsp butter
2 c raw red peanuts with the skins on
1 pinch salt
2-3 drops of red food coloring

The Cook

Jan Bartholome Recipe
Well Seasoned
LA VERNE, CA (pop. 31,063)
2HandsForHim
Member Since Nov 2011
Jan's notes for this recipe:
When I was a child, in the '50s, this was one of my favorite candies. If I had a dime, I'd stop and buy one on the way to school. They were so big, I could share one with a couple of friends. They were about 3 inches in diameter and 1/3- to 1/2-inch thick.

About the time, it became hard to find them at the corner store, my mom found this recipe, which duplicated the original very closely. In fact, I think it even tastes better!
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Directions

1
Combine the first five ingredients in a heavy saucepan or cast-iron skillet. Bring to a boil.
2
Reduce heat to a simmer and bring to a soft-ball stage (A soft ball forms when you drop a little into a bowl of cold water). Or use a candy thermometer if your mama didn't teach you how to do this. The thermometer will tell you what temperature a "soft-ball" is. I don't know! NOTE: The 45-minute cook-time listed is approximate. It might take more or less time for your mixture to reach the soft-ball stage. Don't go by a clock, go by the temperature of the candy.
3
Remove from heat. Add red food coloring and salt.
4
Stir until mixture begins to thicken and loses its “shine.” (You can let it cool a few minutes before you start stirring...otherwise you might need someone to help you stir!)
5
Drop by spoonfuls about 1 inch apart on buttered aluminum foil. (Or spread in an 8x8” buttered cake dish and cut into squares after it hardens.)To make them more like the original, you can butter a "muffin top" pan and fill the holes with the candy mixture. This will give you 10-12 thick, round patties that are similar to the originals.
6
If you make it without the red food coloring and/or the red-skinned peanuts, it will taste the same. It just won’t look like the original. (To ME they don't taste as good, but I'm sure it's just the power of suggestion! I don't think red peanuts really taste much different than regular ones.)
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user Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois - Mar 11, 2012
You are such a sweetheart for posting this thank you so much.
user Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim - Mar 12, 2012
You're welcome, Rose Mary. You know that little tray that pops out the side of your computer--the one you can put CDs into? When you make this candy, will you stuff a couple pieces into that little tray and e-mail 'em to me? ;-)
user Rose Mary Mogan cookinginillinois - Mar 12, 2012
Thanks again Jan for posting. I will make sure yo email you some HA HA HA.
user Jan Bartholome 2HandsForHim - Mar 12, 2012
Can't wait! :D
user julie jeorge julie12 - Mar 12, 2012
I remember them been a long time thanks for posting

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