New Mexico Pinon Candy
2 cones piloncillo, shredded (about 1 1/4 cups), or 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter (NOT margarine)
1 1/2 cups toasted pine nuts
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Heat piloncillo and water to boiling in a 2-quart saucepan, stirring constantly. Reduce heat slightly. Cook, without stirring, to 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
Stir in butter.
Cool for 8 minutes without stirring.
Stir in pine nuts and vanilla extract. Beat with a spoon until slightly thickened and mixture just coats pine nuts but remains glossy, about 1 minute.
Drop by rounded teaspoonsful onto wax paper.
Let stand until candies are firm.
Store tightly covered at room temperature.
Yield: 24 candies
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