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Friday, March 9, 2012

Sugared Peanuts

Sugared Peanuts

My friend, Renae, gave me a couple of bags of raw peanuts recently and on the same night that Phillip made Peanut Brittle I also made Sugared Peanuts.  Peanuts are quite plentiful in our area as Dothan is known as the Peanut Capital of the World.  I usually go to Shute Pecan Co. in Dothan when I need to buy peanuts for a recipe that I wish to make.  Peanuts are always grown in one of the fields that surrounds our house.  The smell of fresh dug peanuts is a common smell for fall of the year in our area.  I imagine that I will make and package Sugared Peanuts for gifts this fall. 

Sugared Peanuts

1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 
2 cups raw peanuts

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

In a medium boiler, combine the sugar and water.  Cook over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. 

Add the peanuts and vanilla.  Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the peanuts are completely sugar coated and no sugar syrup remains, about 30 min.

Pour out onto an ungreased cookie sheet and separate the peanuts with a fork.  Bake for 30 min., stirring every 10 min.  Allow to cool on a cookie sheet, then store in an airtight container. 

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