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Homemade Red Peanut Patties Recipe: Texas Gas Station

Peanut Patties are an old-fashioned southern treat that was often found at roadside stands and gas stations or fresh from your grandmother’s kitchen. Their classic red color makes them a standout on your holiday sweets table.

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This Southern-style Red Peanut Patties recipe is a delicious combination of sweet and salty flavors. 

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The roasted peanuts give the patties a nutty, crunchy texture that is sure to tantalize your taste buds. 

These perfect little morsels of deliciousness are perfect for snacking or for a special occasion. 

With just a few simple ingredients and a quick baking time, these peanut patties are sure to become a favorite in your house.

Peanut Patties are a Texas Gas Station classic, but they are so good!

Almost like the Texas version of pralines, maybe?

Maybe we’ll call them Texas Peanut Patties!

Peanut Patties and Extra Buttery Peanut Brittle are hands-down classics around here.  

🎥 Video Tutorial: How to Make Peanut Patties

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This is the video tutorial you need to ensure that your Peanut Patties firm up.

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🔑 Key to Success #1 – Cook to the Magic Temperature

The first step to making yummy Peanut Patties is boiling the peanuts in a sugary candy mixture.

In a 4-quart saucepan, combine the raw peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, and water. 

If you’re not familiar with corn syrup, it’s also called white Karo syrup or light corn syrup. It’s not the same as pancake syrup.

Heat over medium heat until the mixture starts to boil.

Continue stirring the sugar mixture with a wooden spoon until it reaches 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer.

This is the magic temperature – 240 degrees F. 

I use a candy thermometer that clips to the side of the pan so that it stays in the perfect spot not touching the bottom of the pan.

It’s critical that the candy reaches 240 degrees F and not a bit more so that it will set up properly when it cools.

If you have any doubts about your candy thermometer, you can test your candy mixture by dropping a bit into a cup of ice water.

If the candy easily forms a ball in the ice water then flattens when removed from the water, this is an indication that it has reached the soft ball stage and is ready.

Remove the candy from the heat once it reaches the soft ball stage at 240 degrees F.

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🔑 Key to Success #2 – Mix In The Flavor and Color

After the sugar mixture reaches the magic temperature of 240 degrees F, remove it from the heat and add in all the classic Peanut Patty flavor.

We’re adding butter, salt, and vanilla. 

Lots of butter.

More butter = more flavor.

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We’re also adding in red food coloring to get that pretty red Peanut Patty color.

I highly recommend using a high-quality gel food coloring because you will use less product and get a more saturated color.

My favorite gel food coloring is made by Americolor.

You can get the Americolor red food coloring on its own or in one of the Americolor kits.

You will only need 2-3 drops of gel food coloring to get a beautiful red color on your peanut patties.

Stir in the food coloring well until the red is uniform throughout the candy.

You’ll end up with a creamy opaque red candy that is chock full of peanuts. 

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🔑 Key to Success #3 – Cool to the Magic Temperature

Surprise! This recipe has two magic temperatures.

The first one was to the temperature to which to heat your candy. The second one is the temperature to which to cool your candy.

After your candy reaches the soft ball stage and you add in all the flavor components, it’s time to let the candy cool in the pan.

You want your candy to cool to 135 degrees F before you spoon it out onto waxed paper to form patties.

If you try to form patties with the candy that is warmer than 135 degrees F, your candy will run all over the waxed paper instead of staying in a round patty.

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If you cool the candy past 135 degrees F, your candy will be too firm to form a patty. 

It will be more like a hard clump of candy instead of a round, smooth patty.

When your candy cools to 135 degrees F, use a tablespoon to scoop out about a tablespoon of candy and place it on a sheet of waxed paper.

You can use a table knife to scrape the candy off the spoon onto the wax paper.

The Peanut Patties will spread out into a more rounded shape and the peanuts will become mostly single-layered as the patties rest.

You can also spoon the candy mixture into a muffin pan that has been greased with cooking spray to create perfectly round peanut patties.

Allow the Peanut Patties to sit at room temperature for at least an hour or until the candy is firm and pulls away from the waxed paper with little effort.

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📌 Get the Printable Recipe for Peanut Patties

Save this Peanut Patty recipe to your favorite Christmas Candy board or your Peanut Candy board.

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Peanut Patties

Yield: 48
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Peanut Patties are an old-fashioned southern treat that was often found at roadside stands and gas stations or fresh from your grandmother's kitchen. Their classic red color makes them a standout on your holiday sweets table.


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3 cups raw Spanish peanuts
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1-2 drops red gel food coloring


  1. In a 4-quart heavy saucepan, combine sugar, peanuts, light corn syrup, and water.
  2. Heat on medium until candy mixture reaches 240 degrees F. Stir constantly.
  3. Remove from heat and add butter, vanilla, salt, and red food coloring.
  4. Allow the candy mixture to sit for about an hour until it cools to 135 degrees F. Stir occasionally while the candy is cooling.
  5. Immediately spoon candy mixture onto waxed paper or parchment paper on a flat surface to form patties.
  6. Allow candy to sit uncovered at least 1 hour or until firm.


    Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a month.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 40 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 147Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 80mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

Nutrition Information Provided For Educational and Informational Purposes Only.

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Wednesday 1st of February 2023

I followed the instructions exactly and they never set!


Saturday 4th of February 2023

@Michelle, you may need to test your candy thermometer to make sure it's reading properly. Boil a pot of water. Once the water is at a full rolling boil, insert the candy thermometer into the middle of the water making sure it's not touching the bottom or sides of the pan. The thermometer should read 212 degrees F or 100 degrees C. If it doesn't, you'll need to adjust your cook time on this recipe accordingly.

Sunday 25th of December 2022

I made this twice, followed directions as written, and never set - I threw two batches away. I'm not sure where it went wrong.


Sunday 25th of December 2022

Test your candy thermometer to make sure it’s reading the correct temp! (Place it in rapidly boiling water for 30 seconds - it should read 212 degrees F.)


Tuesday 20th of December 2022

I followed the directions cooked the sugar mixture to 240 stirred it constantly. Added the butter , vanilla, salt and food coloring stirred it occasionally and let it sit to 135 on the candy thermometer. But it never set has been setting for several hours and it never set.


Sunday 11th of December 2022

The best, turned out great. If you like peanut patties, you'll love these

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