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Entry from October 30, 2006
Texas Millionaires (cookies)

"Texas millionaires” are cookies with pecans and other goodies in them. It is not known who originated the name or the recipe.


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TEXAS MILLIONAIRES
From:  Classic Tex-Mex and Texas Cooking
Sheryn R. Jones

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Texas Millionaires
1 (16 ounce) package pecan halves
2 (12 ounce) packages chocolate chips
1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream
5 cups sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1 (13 ounce) can evaporated milk

In bowl, combine and mix pecans, chocolate chips and marshmallow cream and set aside.

In saucepan, mix sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Heat to rolling boil, stir constantly and cook 7 minutes.

Pour over pecan-chocolate chip mixture and stir until mixture blends well.

Drop by tablespoonfuls on wax paper and allow Millionaires to set and become firm. Store in airtight container in refrigerator.

21 September 1973, Ruston (LA) , pg. 5:
Texas Millionaires
4 1/2 cups sugar
1 tall can Pet milk
1 stick oleo
Mix and after it starts boiling, let it boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add 1 large jar marshmallow cream, 1-12 oz. package chocolate chips, 12 plain Hershey Bars, 1 quarts pecans (chopped), and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Spoon out on wax paper.
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Joan’s recipe for Texas Millionaires is in the Junior Guild’s Centennial Cookbook that she helped compile. I tasted one and took some home for snacking on later. They are very good and very fattening. Make some!

18 December 1978, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 9A:
Texas Millionaires
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. white sugar
1 c. corn syrup
1 c. butter
2 c. evaporated milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 lb. large pecan pieces
Combine brown sugar, white sugar, syrup, butter, cup evaporated milk and vanilla. Allow mixture to come to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Add very slowly, making sure not to stop the boiling. 1 cup evaporated milk. Cook over a moderate gas flame until the mixture reaches a soft ball stage, 232 degrees. Add pecans and pour into a large buttered pan. Refrigerate overnight. Cut into squares.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Monday, October 30, 2006 • Permalink