dad & mom johnson's creamy peanut butter candy

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a recipe by
Linda Gorby
Temple City, CA

Dad and mom Johnson's (handed down recipe circa 1936) always fixed this Peanut Butter Candy,Christmas through New Year's; (way before "RPBCups" ever existed)! So easy to yummy, and oh, so good...!

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serves If cut 1 inch square, about 6
prep time 10 Min
cook time 20 Min

Ingredients For dad & mom johnson's creamy peanut butter candy

  • 2 c
  • 1/2 c
    whole milk (do not use reduced or non- fat)
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1 c
    peanut butter (creamy or chunky)
  • 1/4 c
    nuts, crushed (optional)

How To Make dad & mom johnson's creamy peanut butter candy

  • 1
    Utensils needed: heavy duty (cast iron best) fry pan or heavy duty stainless steel or non-stick fry pan; 8"-9" round pie or cake pan; whisk; glass measuring cup; wooden spoon; teaspoon; spatula; saran wrap; sharp knife; heavy duty pot holders.
  • 2
    Set aside one cupful of cold water in a glass measuring cup, and a teaspoon to use for finding out "soft ball" stage. (You may want to set aside 2 cups of cold water, just in case first test is not ready yet. Do not re-use same cup of cold water you tested in first time).
  • 3
    In heavy-duty (cast iron best) fry pan, or heavy bottomed stainless steel or non-stick fry pan, mix the following together:
  • 4
    2 C sugar, 1/2 C milk, 1 TBSP butter, and 1/2 TSP salt
  • 5
    On medium-high heat, cook and stir mixture with whisk, or wooden spoon, UNTIL boiling.
  • 6
    Continue boiling WITHOUT STIRRING, until mixture reaches "soft ball" stage. Quickly do the following:
  • 7
    Test to find "soft ball" stage: use a teaspoon to take a pinch of boiling mixture and drop into the cup of cold water. If the mixture forms a "soft ball" while dropping to bottom of cup, it is ready. It if is NOT, re-test in 2nd cup of cold water set aside earlier.
  • 8
    When at "soft ball" stage,quickly and carefully remove from heat. IT IS HOT! Immediately, using a spatula or wooden spoon, ADD the 1 C of peanut butter, stirring into mixture.
  • 9
    Immediately, pour into prepared buttered pan (8"-9" round pie or cake pan)will do fine.
  • 10
    At this point you can add your choice of chopped nuts, sprinkling on top.
  • 11
    Cool in pan, then cut into 1" squares with sharp knife. Enjoy. Disappears fast. To store, cover with plastic wrap and do not refrigerate.