"As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy, and to make plans."--Ernest Hemingway
3 cups sugar 1 tsp cocoa 3/4 cup water 1 stick of butter 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)
In a large bowl mix sugar and cocoa In a saucepan bring water to a boil over high heat Reduce the heat to medium and add sugar/cocoa mixture Cook for about 10 minutes until a soft ball stage Reduce heat to low and add butter and vanilla extract Stir until the butter melts Remove pan from heat and quickly add the peanut butter Add chopped nuts if desired Stir until well blended Pour immediately into a 9 x 9 x 2 inch greased dish Score 1-inch squares while warm Let cool and cut when firm.
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