Prep 45 mins
Cook 0 mins
Delicious and easy. Great for your holiday gift baskets.
- 4 teaspoons butter or 4 teaspoons margarine
- 1 (10 ounce) bag marshmallows
- 2 cups powdered sugar (more may be needed)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 cups chopped salted peanuts
- 48 caramels
- 2 tablespoons water
- Melt half the butter.
- Add marshmallows, stirring until melted.
- Add vanilla.
- Mix with powdered sugar to make a smooth, workable dough.
- Add 1/2 cup peanuts.
- Shape into 2 rolls.
- Place 1/2 of remaining peanuts on a sheet of plastic wrap, a little longer than a roll.
- Melt 1/2 the caramels with 1 T. of water and 1 T. of butter.
- Pour over the peanuts.
- Place one roll on the caramel and bring up the sides of the plastic wrap to cover the roll with the caramel and peanuts.
- Press the nuts firmly into the caramel.
- Repeat the process to cover the other roll.
- Refrigerate, and slice when ready to serve.
These tasted really good but gosh they were a pain to make!! LOL! First, I think the butter amount is off. I think it is supposed to be 4 Tbls. instead of tsp. judging by the amounts mentioned in the directions. The directions don't specify how to melt the butter and marshmallows so I used the microwave. I really think that was a mistake. I couldn't get the powdered sugar to mix in very well because the marshmallows kept cooling down. I have a feeling this step is something you are supposed to do over heat on a stove. Also, do NOT try to use a mixer on the filling! It will not work...trust me! ;) Dough hooks helped but I couldn't get it mixed well until I used my hands. I also had trouble with the caramel oozing through the peanuts so the outside layer ended up being very sticky. I think more chopped peanuts would help as well as maybe omitting the water in the caramel. The caramel layer was fine while refrigerated but as soon as the candy had been sitting out for an hour or so, it would start to get runny and extremely sticky. I think the water caused that. The sticky, runny consistency turned some people off but those of us who loved the flavor put up with it so we could indulge. ;) With some tweaking, this could easily be a 5-star recipe IMHO. Thanks for posting Karen!
Delicious is right! I don't even like peanuts but I'm addicted to these little treats. These were really not an easy fix though. I read "4" & "butter" & automatically started using Tablespoons. DS (my kitchen helper) realized shortly after I had the first half of it melted on the stove that the instructions say, "teaspoons". I continued using Tablespoons because it seemed appropriate for the amount of marshmallows we were melting. I stirred the powdered sugar into the marshmallows while the pan was still on the stove but the heat was turned off. I kneaded in about a 1/4 cup additional powdered sugar before the dough was pliable without being sticky. I followed the rest of the instructions but after refrigeration the logs were flat on the bottoms so I let them warm up enough on the counter to mold back into logs & tried to slice them into rounds. They just squished up during slicing. I repeated the refrigeration, remolding, slicing procedure 3 more times in two days with different increments of time for the logs to warm up on the counter. I have slices that are oval, square & even triangle but none that would slice in a nice round. It doesn't affect the taste any & we are still gobbling them down but they didn't make a very good table presentation. I'd like to try this recipe again but I will chop the peanuts finely & I would like to try making about 40 small logs, the size of miniature candy bars. It will take more work during the nut & caramel application but I think the recipe is worth the time. And I think everyone will enjoy having a tiny little homemade candy bar. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Karen!