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Holiday Pecan Logs Recipe
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Holiday Pecan Logs Recipe

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Meet the Cook: For 50 years, I've turned to this beloved recipe to make candy to give away at Christmas. Of the many types I've tried, these pecan logs continue to be the most popular. I'm a registered nurse who managed to juggle my profession with raising our five children. Besides cooking and baking, my interests include sewing and putting together family photo albums. -Maxine Ruhl, Fort Scott, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:26 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 26 servings


  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup butter, softened, divided
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 tablespoon milk or half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 ounces) equals 264 calories, 12 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 12 mg cholesterol, 96 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. Butter an 8-in. square pan with 2 teaspoons butter; set aside. Combine confectioners sugar and milk powder; set aside. In a heavy saucepan, combine 1/2 cup butter, sugar and corn syrup; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Stir in confectioners' sugar mixture, about a third at a time, until blended.
  2. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Continue stirring until the mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. Spread into prepared pan. Cool.
  3. Cut candy into four strips; cut each strip in half. Shape each into a log; wrap in waxed paper and twist ends. Freeze or refrigerate until firm.
  4. Meanwhile, in a microwave, melt caramels with milk, stirring often. Roll logs in caramel mixture, then in pecans. Wrap in waxed paper. Store at room temperature in airtight containers. Cut into slices with a serrated knife. Yield: about 3-1/4 pounds.
Originally published as Holiday Pecan Logs in Country Woman November/December 1999, p33

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2015

"LMT makes these, they are so good"

Reviewed Dec. 11, 2014

"i tried this recipe seemed to be very easy to make but the nougat was very hard what should i do to correct"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2012

"years ago this is the way pecan logs were made. the ones they sell now have a soft marshmallowy center. my dad and brother had been trying to find these but kept getting the other ones. Stuckey's made these. I made them for Christmas for dad and brother. they were in hog heaven! thanks"

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2010

"This was very good. I cut these into long, skinny rectangles before dipping in caramel. I followed the other reviewers advice and used the double boiler method for melting the caramels. These were kind of messy to make, but tasted very good. I did use a lot more pecans rolling these than the recipe stated (probably double the amount)."

Reviewed Nov. 27, 2010

"Well worth the time to make these. They're now part of my Christmas baking (one of 23 recipes). I remove it from the heat after it comes to a boil & before I add the confectioners' sugar ( it turned out a bit dry & crumbly the first time I tried it).I melt the caramels in a double boiler with 3 tbsp. millk instead of 1 tbsp. I had no luck using the microwave (it wouldn't stay warm long enough to roll them all & was too thick even when I added more milk)."

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