Hi!!!!!! I’ve missed you guys! I feel like I have been gone forever! I took the week of Thanksgiving off of blogging to spend some time with family and friends. Did you all have a good Thanksgiving? We had a wonderful time and heaps of fantastic food!
Enough about Thanksgiving. On to the next holiday! It’s Christmas time, peeps! Woot! It’s really feeling Christmas-y here in Colorado what with all the snow we are getting today! I’ve been eagerly waiting to share this recipe with all of you. Remember last year when I shared not one but 2 (here and here) secret family recipes for Christmas candies?? Well, this year the old traditionals were made, but I wanted to add something new to the mix. Let me preface these caramel pecan turtles with this… if you don’t like pecans, or caramel, or chocolate… leave now. Run. Flee. Personally, I believe that the combination of those 3 items is worthy of a Chandler Bing dance…. in a good way.
Anywho. On to the recipe!
- 2½ cups pecans
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ cup corn syrup
- ½ cup + 2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk (1/2 can of 14 oz. can)
- ¾ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups chocolate chips
- 1 tbsp shortening
- Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place 2 to 3 pecans into groups, leaving 1 inch of space between each grouping. Set aside.
- In a medium sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add brown sugar, corn syrup, and sweetened condensed milk and stir until well combined. Place candy thermometer into pan.
- Increase the heat to medium high and stir constantly. Heat and stir until it reaches 235-240 degrees F. Remove from heat and immediately stir in vanilla extract.
- Using a tablespoon, drizzle caramel over each grouping of pecans, making sure every pecan has caramel on it.
- In a microwave safe bowl, place chocolate chips (I used half milk chocolate, half semi-sweet) and shortening. Heat in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
- Using a tablespoon, spoon chocolate over caramel drizzled pecans.
- Set baking trays in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or until chocolate is set. Store in an airtight container.
Adapted from Jamie Cooks It Up!
These little clusters of happiness are just what you need this holiday season! Make a batch to give to some people you like! Then make another batch because you “accidentally” ate the entire first batch!
P.S. Note the 2 different colors of caramel? That is because I made one batch with light brown sugar and one with dark brown sugar. Either way, they both are going to give you a mouth-gasm.
Do you have any traditional foods you make for the holidays??