Martha Washington Candy
Total TimePrep: 45 min. + chilling
Makesabout 5-1/2 dozen
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
- 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted
- 6 cups (36 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup shortening
- In a large bowl, beat butter, confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla until blended. Stir in coconut and pecans. Divide dough in half; refrigerate, covered, 1 hour.
- Working with half the dough at a time, shape mixture into 1-in. balls; place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate 30 minutes longer.
- In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in melted chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Return to waxed paper. Refrigerate until set.
- To Make Ahead: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- Freeze option: Freeze candy, layered between pieces of waxed paper, in freezer containers. To use, thaw in refrigerator 2 hours before serving.
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Nutrition Facts1 piece: 196 calories, 13g fat (7g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 43mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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Oct 12, 2019
Try different flavors by adding chopped cherries, add maple flavoring, pepperment or any other favorite extract. I grew up with these and still make them to this day.
Oct 11, 2019
I've never made these, only Buckeye Balls. Recipe called for paraffin wax added to chocolate. What tyoe of shortening us recommended.
Sep 19, 2019
This is a great recipe. It's the samerecipe I made with my daughter and granddaughter when they were little. I always doubled the recipe because I gave it as gifts to friends at Christmas time.
Aug 31, 2019
Hello Cindi, I'm in Huntsville. Thank you so much for posting this feel-good recipe. My mother had been making these all my life. She's passed now and I had lost her recipe. Fond memories coming.
Jun 1, 2019
My mom made these every year for Christmas. They were a family favorite. At some point in time someone told her to add a little paraffin to the chocolate coating, with the thought that it would hold up better. The candies were much better without it!
Dec 13, 2018
Have a known and loved this recipe for decades! As to the peanut butter question, George Washington Carver invented peanut butter in 1884. Martha Washington could not possibly have been using peanut butter for her candies. After years spent in Washington DC area, visiting every historical site, I learned much about the presidents and First Ladies in those earliest of United States history . Many delightful recipes can be attributed to former First Ladies, But this delightful candy is not one of them. Happy holidays everyone!
Dec 13, 2018
I am giving this 5 stars though I haven't made it. My Mother made this every year only she cracked, cleaned
Dec 13, 2018
I love this candy. When my son was in Afghanistan I mailed some to him. He shared it with his buddies and they asked for the recipe. I sent it over and over and they never tired of it. I did send copies of the recipe. Thanks for sharing. Marie
Nov 12, 2018
I made this for my husband who is a lover of coconut candy like mounds bars, etc. He went nuts over it so it's a keeper in our home!
Jun 24, 2018
This recipe brings back good childhood memories. Both helping Mama make these, and eating these addictive, little treats.