Dad & Mom Johnson's Creamy Peanut Butter Candy

Dad & Mom Johnson's Creamy Peanut Butter Candy Recipe

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Linda Gorby

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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 make...so yummy, and oh, so good...!

Rating:
★★★★★ 1 vote
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Serves:
If cut 1 inch square, about 6
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
20 Min

Ingredients

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

How to Make Dad & Mom Johnson's Creamy Peanut Butter Candy

Step-by-Step

  • 1Utensils 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.
  • 2Set 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).
  • 3In heavy-duty (cast iron best) fry pan, or heavy bottomed stainless steel or non-stick fry pan, mix the following together:
  • 42 C sugar, 1/2 C milk, 1 TBSP butter, and 1/2 TSP salt
  • 5On medium-high heat, cook and stir mixture with whisk, or wooden spoon, UNTIL boiling.
  • 6Continue boiling WITHOUT STIRRING, until mixture reaches "soft ball" stage. Quickly do the following:
  • 7Test 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.
  • 8When 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.
  • 9Immediately, pour into prepared buttered pan (8"-9" round pie or cake pan)will do fine.
  • 10At this point you can add your choice of chopped nuts, sprinkling on top.
  • 11Cool in pan, then cut into 1" squares with sharp knife.
    Enjoy. Disappears fast.

    To store, cover with plastic wrap and do not refrigerate.

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