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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Martha Washington Candy

When I was growing up my Mother would make Martha Washington Candy every Christmas.  It was a favorite candy for her and my Daddy.  She no longer makes the candy.  I guess it's because we have found too many other recipes that we now enjoy at Christmas.  My bestest friend, George Ann, recently had a friend who was looking for this recipe and had contacted her.  She thought it was funny that someone wanted to know if she had a recipe.  It's a family joke that she doesn't turn on her oven too often.  I know that she can cook and she has certainly shared with me some wonderful recipes.

                                                    Martha Washington Candy

4 Tbsp. butter
2 lbs. confectioners' sugar 
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups chopped pecans
1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
14 Tbsp. cocoa
2 Tbsp. butter
3/4 block paraffin

Cream butter.  Add sugar and milk alternately, a little at a time, until well mixed.  Add vanilla and nuts.  Roll into small balls and place on wax paper.  Let stand for for at least 4 hrs. 

Melt butter in a small boiler.  Add cocoa and paraffin.  Stir until melted and smooth.  Cool slightly, then dip each ball of candy into the chocolate mixture on the end of a toothpick.  Place on wax paper and allow the chocolate to set.  Store in an airtight container.

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