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Sunday, February 12, 2012

Pecan Caramel Clusters

You still have time to make your sweetie candy for Valentine's Day. This is a favorite of mine.

This recipe is from my friend Janice Price, Lexington, Kentucky and was published in Taste of Home Magazine and their annual cookbook. I am so impressed. I've never known a published author before. Janice is a dear person and a fabulous cook.

Pecan Caramel Clusters
approx. 2 pounds
print recipe

1 package (14-ounces) caramels
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons butter
2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
4 ounces white candy coating, coarsely chopped
4 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped

In a microwave-safe bowl, combine the caramels, water and butter. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 3 to 3 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Stir in pecans.

Drop by tablespoonfuls onto greased baking sheets. Freeze for 15-20 minutes or until set.

In a microwave safe bowl, combine candy coating, Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 - 2 minutes, stirring every 15 seconds; stir until smooth. Dip caramel clusters in coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Chill until firm. Yield: about 2 pounds or 1-1/2 pounds to give and 1/2 pound to eat while you wait for them to set up.


  1. My problem with making these is that my wife will know about them and it won't be a surprise.

    I will have to remember that technique for melting caramel in the microwave— I typically use a double boiler.

    Thanks for sharing,

  2. CalJoh, Christmas and birthdays are for surprises, it doesn't matter if she knows. It's the thought that counts.

  3. Sounds wonderful. I'm trying to stay away from these kinds of things though. I could really harm myself if I made a batch of this.

  4. this sounds wonderful!


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