Holiday Pecan Logs
Total TimePrep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + cooling
Makesabout 3-1/4 pounds
- 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
- 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.
- Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Continue stirring until the mixture mounds slightly when dropped from a spoon. Spread into prepared pan. Cool.
- 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.
- 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.
Nutrition Facts2 ounce-weight: 264 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 96mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (35g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
Apr 19, 2019
Love the taste of these, however, nobody mentioned how difficult it is to roll the nougat in scalding caramel with milk! I used tongs, but as the caramel solidified, the tongs started getting stuck. In fact, everything was getting stuck and I kept burning my fingers! It was literally like using a hot glue gun. Such a messy job-I don’t know if I’d make these again. Any tips on making that part of the job easier?
Apr 14, 2017
I spooned some nougat out, rolled into egg shapes, and made these as Easter eggs. They are absolutely delicious. I followed Maxine's directions except for that change. You may need a little more caramel and pecans than if you make logs, if you want the eggs to be covered completely. I will make these as logs for Christmas - and maybe even Thanksgiving, because they are wonderful. Although the nougat when in the pan seems hard, it is malleable and soft and delicious when eaten. Thanks, Maxine!
Dec 17, 2016
Made these and they turned-out perfectly. DELICIOUS! Followed recipe as written by Maxine. I made half recipe and it used most of the caramel and nuts...double-up on caramel and nuts for a full recipe.
Dec 12, 2015
LMT makes these, they are so good
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
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
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).
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).
Dec 23, 2007
Make your recipes easier to copy