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Caramel Pecans Recipe

Caramel Pecans Recipe

"Make a pot of coffee or fix a drink, this takes a while! It's worth it though-this recipe is a family favorite and we always get requests for gifts of these chewy caramels." Darrell Brown, Lincoln, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 40 min. + standing YIELD:117 servings


  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup dark corn syrup
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 2 pounds chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil; grease the foil with 2 teaspoons butter and set aside.
  • 2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugars, corn syrup, 1 cup cream and the remaining butter. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to a boil. Slowly stir in the remaining cream. Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 245° (firm-ball stage).
  • 3. Remove from the heat; stir in pecans and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan (do not scrape saucepan). Let stand until firm. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil; cut candy into 1-in. squares. Wrap individually in waxed paper; twist ends. Yield: 4-1/4 pounds.
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: 107 calories, 9g fat (2g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 19mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 fat, 1/2 starch.

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cookingjenna User ID: 6368711 187687
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2011

"I have made several batches of these already, but I don't use nuts in them. The most common reaction I get is "Wow, I can't believe how good these are!" Everyone from my 7 year old cousin to my picky father loves them. They are definitely worth the effort, and a batch of them makes plenty to share!"

mitzybob User ID: 4053493 168134
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2010

"I make ALOT of candy and ccookies at Christmas and so I tried this and have sence been told that these will be expected every year he he. my family and friends raved over them its a keeper. after you pour out the carmel set the pan down and with a sil.scraper mix up whats left in the pan and put on a plate and let cool ,,it gets hard and tast just like worthers hard candy .just thought I would share that .thanks TOH ,,I just love this mag,

mitzy johnston ,addy wa."

pawliepaws User ID: 4567753 185214
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

"These were a hit at Christmas!"

tgsmith User ID: 1479733 185211
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2009

"So delicious, and easy to make...definitely a "keeper"!"

tritchie44 User ID: 1052533 101967
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"These are so easy to make and they taste wonderful! It's a recipe I'll be using every Christmas! Thanks for sharing."

ko44 User ID: 4471828 185203
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2009

"Loved these. Worth the time. Only problem is I can't eat just one. They would make a great gift item."

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