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Pecan Delights Recipe

Pecan Delights Recipe

A relative visiting from Oklahoma brought these and the recipe with her. Who can resist rich chewy caramel over crunchy pecans drizzled with sweet chocolate? These candies have become a holiday favorite to both make and eat! -Linda Jonsson, Marion, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling Cook: 1 hour + cooling YIELD:48 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 pounds whole pecans
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening


  • 1. In a large saucepan, combine the first four ingredients. Cook over medium heat until all sugar is dissolved. Gradually add milk; mix well. Continue cooking until a candy thermometer reads 248° (firm-ball stage).
  • 2. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla until blended. Fold in the pecans. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased or parchment-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm. Loosen from paper.
  • 3. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a microwave-safe bowl. Drizzle over each cluster. Cool. Yield: about 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 255 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 14mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 26g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein .

Reviews for Pecan Delights

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carolynstowers 240955
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"first time making my own caramel. I was very pleased, with the way the pieces turned out. I did use 2 candy thermometers to make sure the temp was correct, They came out prettier and taste better then the expensive store bough."

thecreativebaker 1633
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2014

"I am a TOH field editor and have made them for at least 15 years at Christmas! They are really good and such a treat! I would definitely recommend toasting the pecans!"

rogema 6231
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2012

"I started making these when I found them in the Taste Of Home magazine. Can't remember what year but I do remember my daughter was a toddler, now she is 15. These have always been a big hit and my friends enjoy getting them as a gift."

CDthatsME 2959
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2011

"Excellent and easy recipe but it makes closer to 90 turtles than the 48."

marshelle 3866
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"I made these last year for a Christmas gift for a friend. She thought I had bought them at a candy store. I toasted the pecans for that extra crunch. These are easy, delicious, and impressive gifts if you can bear to part with them!"

marshelle 5459
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"I made these last year for a Christmas gift for a friend. She thought I had bought them at a candy store. These are easy, delicious, and impressive to give as gifts if you can bear to part with them."

myrojisa 3691
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2011

"WOW...are these yummy!! This is the first time I had made candy and it was surprisingly easy. Made them for our church's High Tea and they were a hit. I melted the chocolate in a double boiler and added double the shortening to get a finer drizzle. Sooooo good!!"

marshelle 5760
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"I made these last Christmas, and gave them as gifts. Everyone said they looked like they came from a candy store. Wonderful flavor and easy to make."

tkarinas 3480
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2009

"This recipe is a Christmas favourite and my family makes it every year. We love the flavours and how it all blends together so well. This is a recipe we will keep for a long, long time."

jerryselena 2372
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2009

"My family LOVES this recipe and its now part of my Holiday Cookie recipes I make every year!"

rogema 2991
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2007 Edited Dec. 15, 2012

"I have been making the awhile and they are everybody's favorite. Thanks so much for sharing!"

Jordi 4707
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2007

"These are the best! I make them every Christmas!"

l-lhutch 199010
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2007

"I have to make these for my family every year, and they are delicious"

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