I love looking through Aunt Mary’s little recipe box. She was one of the best home cooks I ever knew and I always enjoyed eating at her house.
Many days she would call my mom at work and tell her the soup was on. She almost always had homemade yeast rolls rising in muffin tins. She’d sit the trays on her hot water heater behind the kitchen door. I’d lift the tea towel that covered the rolls to inhale the yeasty smell of dough rising.
I found this quick little candy recipe in her recipe box. I’ve been wanting to try a recipe with dates so I decided this one would work nicely. This is just one candy I made during the past holidays. Hope you enjoy!
Aunt Mary’s “Quick Crunchies” aka Rice Krispy Date Balls
1 stick butter
3/4 c. sugar
1 (8 oz.) chopped dates
1 c. pecans, chopped
2 c. crispy rice cereal
1 tsp. vanilla
coconut, for rolling
In saucepan, melt butter and sugar over low heat. Add dates and
cook 3 minutes or until mixture thickens and remove from heat.
Add nuts, crispy rice cereal, and vanilla. When cool enough to handle,
form small balls and roll in coconut.
More of Aunt Mary’s Recipes
A crazy, hectic day at work means I get to re-post some goodies from the past.
When I think about all the great recipes and cooking I’ve done over the years that I never took pictures of…that I could blog about…I get sad.
All the years of Taste of Home and Quick Cooking subscriptions and all the recipes I made when my kiddos were young and I was a SAHM…they got me where I am today. Needing to lose some inches!
The longs lists of goodies made for the holidays, candy trays made for my mom to share at work, loaves of bread I baked for a sick friend…great memories.
My diet has changed, out of neccessity. Now I try to be a little smarter in my cooking and a little more choosy in my recipes.
Some of the old family favorites haven’t changed and probably never will.
Here’s some of my favorite candies and treats for the holidays…treats because that’s about the only time they get made! :)
Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
Pineapple Cheese Ball
Peanut Butter Balls
Cheesy Sausage Balls
Another Brownie Recipe
What’s your favorite can’t-live-without-holiday treat?
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Easy Peanut Butter Fudge
2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 cup marshmallow creme
1 cup peanut butter, creamy or chunky
1 teaspoon vanilla
Boil sugar and milk in a medium saucepan, stirring occasionally, to soft ball stage*, or about 236° on a candy thermometer.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining ingredients. Beat well with a wooden spoon until the fudge begins to turn glossy.
Pour candy into a greased 8×8-inch pan. Cut peanut butter fudge into squares when firm. Enjoy!
*To Test for Soft Ball Stage
A small amount of syrup dropped into chilled water forms a ball, but is soft enough to flatten when picked up with fingers (234° to 240°).