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Pecan Clusters with caramel and chocolate

Pecan Clusters

These Pecan Clusters are the easiest most delicious treat, and are perfect for gifting, for snacking, or complimenting a cookie box!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword caramel, chocolate, pecan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 20 candies
Calories 90 kcal
Author camila

Ingredients

Pecan Clusters

  • 1 1/4 cup pecans 4.6 oz, 130 grams
  • 1 1/4 cup unwrapped soft caramel candies 6 oz, 170 grams
  • 1/2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chopped (4 oz, 113 grams)*

Instructions

Pecan Clusters

  1. In a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone mat, spread out about 18-20 clusters with 3-4 pecans each. The amount of pecans per cluster will depend on the size of the pecans you are using and whether they are halved or whole. I used halved pecans, and most clusters had 3 nuts, but some clusters had 4 because the pecans were smaller. You can also use a mini cupcake silicone pan to do this, since it will fit perfectly 3-4 pecans in each hole, and the silicone will make it easy to pluck the candies out later.
  2. Place the unwrapped caramel candies in a microwave safe bowl along with the heavy cream.
  3. Microwave mixture for 15 second-intervals, stirring in between, until the caramel is entirely melted and incorporated with the cream.
  4. Use a spoon to pour small amounts of caramel over clusters of pecans, distributing it evenly between all the nuts.
  5. Let it set for a few minutes.
  6. Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until completely melted and smooth.
  7. Pour chocolate over candies, distributing evenly between all clusters. You can use a spoon to do this. Or you can also place the chocolate in a piping bag, and pipe it over the pecans.
  8. Let candies rest until the chocolate and the caramel set and dry. You can place them in the fridge to speed this up.

Storage

  1. Store nuts in the fridge for up to 1 week, but make sure to take them out a few minutes before serving, so the caramel has a chance to soften up.
  2. You can also store the Pecan Clusters in the freezer for up to 2 months. Just thaw it in the fridge overnight or for a few hours before serving.

Recipe Notes

*You can use milk, dark, semi-sweet, whatever you prefer.

Nutrition Facts
Pecan Clusters
Amount Per Serving (1 cluster)
Calories 90
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.