One of the candies we make during the holidays is a simple peanut butter candy made with powdered sugar. It’s mom’s recipe. She came up with this recipe after eating something like it when my brother and I were small.
What’s Christmas without homemade candy? We made fudge and peanut butter candy for years, but we’ve cut down on our candy making a lot since it’s likely to be 75 or 80°F in Florida during the month of December. The hot and humid temperature keeps the candy in a hopeless state of stickiness. Unlike mom, I’ve never made this candy without making a big mess of the powdered sugar mixture. It’s simple enough: in a medium bowl, add sugar and vanilla, then add milk a little at a time until the mixture forms a soft dough. Add flour, and knead until a ball forms.I suppose other fillings could be used here, but we’re peanut butter fanatics. Roll out the dough, but not too thin. Cover with peanut butter. The peanut butter offsets the sweetness of the powdered sugar.Carefully fold the dough over and roll until a log is formed. Slice the dough in 1/2 to 1-inch pieces. Store in an air tight container and keep refrigerated. A batch of mom’s candy doesn’t usually last too long. Make two, and hide one deep in the refrigerator for yourself.
- 1 box confectioner’s sugar (1 pound)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ⅓ cup milk
- 2 tablespoons flour
- ⅔ cup peanut butter
- Place the sugar in a bowl and add vanilla. Add the milk, a little at a time, until the mixture comes together. Add flour, a little at a time and knead until a ball is formed.
- Dust a pastry sheet with a little flour and roll out until about ⅛ inch thick. Spread with peanut butter. Roll into a log. Press down to flatten the log and cut into 1 inch pieces. Store in an air tight container and refrigerate.