Saturday, June 18, 2011

Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Clusters

Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Clusters
I am attending a baby shower today and it's going to be potluck style. Last night, I whipped up these Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Clusters. I have been wanting to try this recipe for a while and I am glad that I finally did. It was really easy because it was more about assembling than anything else. I think Melody would love to help me make this next time. I am bringing both a sweet and savory item for the potluck baby shower. The savory item will have to be for another post because it just came out of the oven.

Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Clusters
from Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies Magazine (special holiday issue)

Makes 1 dozen

1 cup pecan halves, toasted
12 soft caramels
1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into 12 pieces (1/2 inch each)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Set aside 36 pecan halves. Coarsely chop remaining pecans (about 1/4 cup)

2. On a parchment line baking sheet, make 12 clusters by arranging 2 pecans vertically, side by side, and placing 1 pecan vertically above them. On a piece of parchment, gently flatten each caramel, center 1 on top of each cluster. Bake clusters 5 minutes. Remove from oven (leave oven on).

3. Place 1 piece of chocolate on top of each cluster. Return to oven; bake until chocolate begins to melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from oven. With the back of a spoon, gently spread chocolate over caramel without completely covering it.

4. Sprinkle clusters evenly with reserved chopped pecans. Chill just until set, about 15 minutes. Pecan clusters can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 2 days.

8 comments:

Sharon said...

Yummy sounding, have a great time at the shower.

Muddling Through said...

Oh, Angela, those look so good!!! You know I'm going to have to try them.

littlebirdbigcity said...

YUM. I can't wait to see what savory item you whipped up!

judy said...

Wow! Sounds and looks delicious! I am definitely going to make these! Thanks for the nice comment: my grandson is the joy of my life right now!

craftivore said...

Gah, super yummy looking! Turtles are my favorite.

Yarny Days said...

These were so delicious. I am definitely going to make some.

Hannah said...

Oh my, something that incredibly delicious-looking really shouldn't be so simple to make... That could be dangerous in the wrong hands! ;)

ingridbuck@pecan halves said...

It looks so delicious. I’ve never thought that pecan alone could make a wonderful dessert. I’d better try this one.