Divinity Recipe with Cherries and Pistachios – A Holiday Tradition

These delicious confections are wonderful for gift-giving or adding to a holiday platter of cookies and candies. This Cherry and Pistachio Divinity recipe produces an old-fashioned candy many of us find synonymous with the holidays. The dried cherries and pistachios add festive colors for dressing up the treat.

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This Divinity recipe is made with just a few ingredients: granulated sugar, corn syrup, water, egg whites, a pinch of salt, dried cherries and pistachios. The sugar, corn syrup and water are boiled together until the mixture reaches the ‘hard ball’ stage. Then the sugar syrup is slowly poured over stiffly-beaten egg whites in a steady stream. If you are new to Divinity candies, check out a write up which includes a bit of history for the confection on Priester’s Pecans website.

Preparation to Make the Divinity Recipe:

I am of the mindset to always prepare my ingredients, pans and utensils before I start a recipe and this is particularly true when working with hot sugar. I suggest you do this as the process will move quickly once the sugar syrup reaches the proper temperature.

Line a 10″ x 10″ pan with parchment paper extending over the edges so the toffee can be easily removed after it cools. Alternatively use a quarter-sheet pan and line with a heat-resistant silicone mat or parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking oil

Whipping the Egg Whites:

  • Bring the egg whites to room temperature before beginning to mix as they will whip up more quickly. The addition of salt will help in aerating the whites.
  • Whip the egg whites until they reach stiff, glossy peaks. Take care to not overwhip as this may cause the whites to become crumbly and make adding the rest of the ingredients difficult.
  • If you are new to candy making with egg whites, I recommend whipping the egg whites before starting on the sugar mixture. This way you are not watching two processes at the same time. Just leave the whites in the mixing bowl so they are ready when the sugar syrup reaches the proper temperature.

How to Make the Sugar Syrup:

  • Place sugar, corn syrup and water in a 3-quart saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Begin heating over medium heat stirring occasionally. Stop stirring when mixture begins to boil.
  • Insert a candy thermometer into the pan making sure the thermometer does not touch the bottom of the pan. Don’t leave the pan unattended for too long – the thermometer has a tendency to go haywire when you walk away!
  • Continue heating until the temperature reaches 260° F (125° C). Again, you should not be stirring the mixture -I know, it is hard to not do anything at this stage in the recipe!

Adding the Sugar Syrup to the Whipped Egg Whites:

  • Turn on mixer to medium-low (the whipped egg whites should still be in the bowl). Carefully begin pouring the hot sugar mixture down the side of the mixing bowl while the mixer is running. Pour in a slow, steady stream (over approximately a one minute time frame). Use extreme caution while doing this – the syrup is hot enough to cause severe burns.
  • After the sugar syrup is added to the mixing bowl, turn up the speed to medium-high and continue to whip. The mixture will begin to loose it’s glossiness – continue to mix for 5 minutes or until the bowl is just slightly warm to the touch. You don’t want it completely cooled as the candy will begin to harden.
  • Working quickly, fold in the pistachios and dried cherries.
  • Pour the mixture into your prepared pan. Press the divinity evenly into the pan using your hands or an offset spatula sprayed with vegetable oil. Alternatively, if you wish to scoop out individual mounds of the divinity, spray two dinner spoons with vegetable oil and use one spoon to scrape the divinity off the other spoon. Place the mounds onto parchment or a silicon baking sheet.
  • Allow to rest for 1 hour before unmolding and cutting into desired pieces.
  • Divinity should be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
Cherry and pistachio divinity
Divinity recipe

Cherry and Pistachio Divinity Recipe

5 from 17 votes

Ingredients
  

  • 800 Grams Granulated Sugar (4 Cups)
  • ¾ Cup Light Corn Syrup
  • Cup Water
  • 3 Ounces Egg Whites (from 3 large eggs)
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Cup Dried Cherries, chopped finely
  • 1 Cup Shelled Pistachios

Instructions
 

  • Line a 10" x 10" pan with parchment paper extending over the edges so the toffee can be easily removed after it cools. Alternatively use a quarter-sheet pan and line with a heat-resistant silicone mat or parchment paper. Lightly spray with cooking oil.
  • Place eggs whites and salt in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (a hand mixer may also be used). Begin whipping egg whites until they reach stiff, glossy peaks. Turn off mixer.
  • Place sugar, corn syrup and water in a 3-quart saucepan. Stir to combine.
  • Begin heating over medium heat stirring occasionally. Stop stirring when mixture begins to boil.
  • Insert a candy thermometer into the pan making sure the thermometer does not touch the bottom of the pan.
  • Continue heating until the temperature reaches 260° F (125° C).
  • Turn on mixer to medium-low (the whipped egg whites should still be in the bowl). Carefully begin pouring the hot sugar mixture down the side of the mixing bowl while the mixer is running. Pour in a slow steady stream (over approximately a one minute time frame).
  • After the sugar syrup is added to the mixing bowl, turn up the speed to medium-high and continue to whip. The mixture will begin to loose it's glossiness – continue to mix for 5 minutes or until bowl is just slightly warm to the touch.
  • Working quickly, fold in the pistachios and dried cherries.
  • Pour the mixture into your prepared pan. Press the divinity evenly into the pan using your hands or an offset spatula sprayed with vegetable oil.
  • Allow to rest for 1 hour before unmolding and cutting into desired pieces.
  • Divinity should be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
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13 Comments

  1. KeelyBlogger

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    5 stars
    I remember these as a neighbor used to give us a box of candy every Christmas. Will try this recipe.

  2. Amber Myers

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    I haven’t tried this before and it looks amazing. I love cherries and pistachios so it’s perfect.

  3. Richelle Milar

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    Wow! This looks absolutely delicious and tasty! Can’t wait to try this awesome recipe!

  4. Kathy

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    This looks so good. I have not had divinity in such a long time. I need to try this.

  5. LisaLisa

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    I have never seen this before, but it looks tasty! Maybe we’ll make try this out during the holidays.

  6. Tasheena

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    5 stars
    This is my first time learning about Cherry and Pistachio Divinity. This recipe looks divine!

  7. MELANIE E

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    5 stars
    This sounds like a lovely dessert. I don’t think I’ve tried anything like it before. I love that it has pistachios and cherries.

  8. Beth

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    Both my mom and husband love cherries and pistachios. I need to make this for them, I know they will enjoy it.

  9. Heather

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    Yum this sounds delicious. I’ve had just plain divinity but never with cherries and pistachios in it. I’ll have to give this recipe a try.

  10. Ice Cream N Sticky Fingers

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    5 stars
    My grandmother used to make divinity every year for Christmas. It was one of my favorite desserts though.

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