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New Mexico Pinon Candy

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Category: Candy

 Ingredients List

  • 2 Cones piloncillo; shredded
  • -=OR=-
  • 1 c -Dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1 c Water
  • 2 tb Butter
  • 1 1/2 c Toasted pine nuts
  • -=OR=- Pecan halves
  • 1 ts Vanilla


Piloncillo is unrefined sugar that is purchased in hard cones. It comes in
colors from beige to brown.

Heat piloncillo and water to boiling in 2-quart saucepan, stirring
constantly. Reduce heat slightly. Cook, without stirring, to 236F on candy
thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water
forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from water. Remove from heat.
Immediately remove thermometer. Stir in butter. Cool 8 minutes without
stirring. Stir in pine nuts and vanilla. Beat with spoon until slightly
thickened and mixture just coats pine nuts but remains glossy, about 1
minute. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper. Let stand until
candies are firm. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

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