Posted: November 19, 2016
Grandma made boxes of this delicious candy-type treat for all the members of the family every Christmas. She would slice them thin and pack them in tissue paper nestled in a big box. These were such a huge treat, as we had them only once a year. I thought the recipe had died with her but thanks to Robyn over at addapinch.com, her recipe is now safely tucked away in my cookbook and I make it at Christmas in her memory.
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- ¾ cup whole milk
- 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
- 8 – 10 ounces dried dates, chopped
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Line four baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Stir milk, sugar and ½ cup (1 stick) of butter together in a heavy bottom pan over medium high heat. Add dates. Stir constantly while cooking until the temperature reaches 235 on a candy thermometer or when drops of the mixture into a bowl of cold water reach a soft ball stage.
- Remove from heat and add ½ cup (1 stick) of butter and vanilla. Beat until starts to thicken and add chopped pecans.
- Divide onto four baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Carefully spread across parchment paper to form a roll. Roll smoothly and cool completely before slicing.