Caramel Pecan Candy Recipe
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Caramel Pecan Candy Recipe

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Sweet and chewy, these yummy layered squares come from Dick Deacon of Lawrenceville, Georgia. “I have also made this recipe in a 9-inch pie pan and cut it very small pieces,“ says Dick. “You can’t eat very much at one time.“
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES:81 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + chilling
MAKES: 81 servings


  • 1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 20 Oreo cookies, crushed
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 3 cups chopped pecans, toasted
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 94 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 55mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein


  1. In a large saucepan, melt 1/3 cup butter over medium heat; stir in the cookie crumbs. Press into an ungreased 9-in. square baking dish. Bake at 325° for 10-12 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan , melt caramels and remaining butter over low heat. Stir in the pecans. Pour over crust. Cool.
  3. For topping, in a small saucepan, combine the chocolate chips, butter, cream and corn syrup. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Pour over caramel layer. Cool on a wire rack. Refrigerate until chocolate hardens.
  4. Let candy stand at room temperature for 5-10 minutes before cutting into 1-in. squares. Store in the refrigerator. Yield: about 6-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Caramel Pecan Candy in Taste of Home December/January 2006, p20

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"Easy and yummie"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"I have made this recipe now for several years and every attempt has the same result...the bottom oreo layer does not stick and separates when cut. Ugh! These are so good and I would love to know the trick to getting the caramel layer to "bond" with the oreos. I have followed the recipe exactly. Despite this problem, I continue to make them..they are that good!!!!"

Reviewed Aug. 22, 2012

"I made this candy for the first time & I made it today! It's such a simple recipe & yet so GOOD! I used 2 cups of roasted peanuts, though, instead of pecans and instead of the whipping cream, I used 3 Tbsp. of the Internat'l Delight flavored coffee creamer. It worked out for me! I also used an 8x8x2" square baking dish and the candy fit very nicely! Thank you, Dick,

for sharing this candy recipe! I know I'll be using your recipe time and time again for holiday gifts and just on the spur of the moment if I want to just whip up something good! Dawn E. Lowenstein"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2012

"I made these candies for Christmas- they are wonderful! We had to take turns cutting them once they were done- but they were worth the effort!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2011

"I thought I died and went to heaven when my wife made this incredible treat."

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