Twelve Days of Christmas
Hello, Folks! We will celebrate this holiday season with a “Twelve Days of Christmas” tribute to my favorite candy/treats that my family and I love to make each Christmas. Check back for the next 3 days or Days 1 through 8 to see a new recipe and find something that you like and will share with your family.
Today I am bringing you my Uncle Lonnie’s recipe for Peanut Patties. I have always loved this salty, sweet, and crunchy treat. When we travel out of town or go on vacation, my wife knows to grab a Peanut Patty for me to munch while driving. Those bright pink circles with peanuts might be unusual for some of you, but they are well known across the South. Nearly every little gas station keeps a stash for their customers, and it’s a nice change from chocolate or artificial fruit flavors.
I am super excited to start making another family recipe. So I want to thank my Uncle Lonnie for his recipe and let him know that it will not be lost because I am passing this on to my daughter and teaching her how to make it. Same with his Peanut Brittle recipe that I will be featuring.
Traditionally, folks serve up Peanut Patties in cookie-size circles. Today I am going to use some Christmas molds to give the candy a holiday shape as well as some just broken up.
This recipe is super easy to make and if you love Peanut Patties then this is the recipe for you. Just six ingredients and only about 15 mins to make from start to finish. Once it has had to cool it is ready to go and I know you are going to love it.
- 3 cups sugar
- ½ cup cold water
- 1 cup clear Karo syrup
- 2 cups Raw Peanuts skins on or off its up to you.
- 1 stick butter
- 1 T vanilla extract
- 5 to 8 drops for red food coloring
- In large sauce pan mix together sugar, water, Karo, and peanuts.
- Bring to boil and let boil for 8 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla
- Mix well until butter melts and then add red food coloring
- Beat with a spoon for at least 5 mins. Maybe more. It will start to get stiff in pan.
- Pour out on buttered sheet pan or into molds shaping he candy, but be careful this candy is hot.
- Should get firm around edge of pan with in a few mins.
- If it doesn’t get hard around the edges in a few mins scrape it all back into the sauce pan and stir some more with a wooden spoon.
- Be careful when stirring with a wooden spoon you might break it, but it seems to work better with a wooden spoon.