While this is probably not what you would consider a traditional Christmas recipe, for over sixty years it has been my go-to when I needed a last minute gift or a little something extra for the dessert table or just a little snack for Santa. I have absolutely no idea where I first acquired the recipe but it is so quick and easy that it has been a constant in my house for years. Now most of my friends and family members have adopted it and use it freely so I can no longer claim exclusive use of it. Over the past several years, the basic candy has been varied; sometimes smooth and sometimes chunky peanut butter, sometimes adding Reese’s pieces or M&Ms to brighten it up, and occasionally frosting the batch with chocolate. Now I am giving this simple recipe as a little gift to my church family and hope others will enjoy it as much as my friends and family have over the past half century or more.
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup peanut butter (smooth or chunky)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Mix together first three ingredients in pan on medium to high heat being careful not to scorch. Bring to bubbling point, stir to dissolve sugar—DO NOT BOIL—allow to bubble EXACTLY 4 minutes on low heat. Remove from heat and add peanut butter and vanilla. Beat until thick then pour into buttered 8 by 8 inch pan. Allow to cool and cut into squares.
~ Elaine Dustin
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Almighty God, thank You for anointing one to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, release, to the prisoners and comfort to all who mourn. How great it is to know help was and is on the way. Thank You, Lord! Amen.