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Pecan Cherry Bark

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling Cook: 10 min. + cooling

Makes

about 4 pounds

I just love to make chocolates at Christmastime. This popular candy combines pecans, chocolate and cherries. It's crunchy, sweet and just plain yummy. —Sue Kauffman, Columbia City, Indiana
Pecan Cherry Bark Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • Dash ground nutmeg
  • Dash ground cinnamon
  • 1-3/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 pound dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons shortening, divided
  • 1 pound milk chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound white candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • 1-3/4 cups dried cherries or cranberries

Directions

  1. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in brown sugar and spices; bring to a boil. Cook and stir until sugar is completely dissolved, about 3 minutes. Stir in pecans until coated. Spread onto foil to cool.
  2. Line two 15x10x1-in. pans with parchment or waxed paper. In a microwave, melt dark chocolate candy coating and 1 tablespoon shortening, stirring until smooth. Divide between prepared pans, spreading to desired thickness. Refrigerate just until set, but not firm.
  3. In microwave, melt milk chocolate candy coating and 1 tablespoon shortening, stirring to blend; spread over dark chocolate layer. Refrigerate until set, but not firm.
  4. Repeat with white candy coating and remaining 1 tablespoon shortening; spread over top. Sprinkle with cherries and candied pecans, pressing to adhere. Refrigerate until firm. Break into pieces.

Nutrition Facts

1 ounce: 165 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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