Every Christmas I make this Christmas candy. My mom likes to give a bag of it to each of her customers at holiday time, and Iâ€™m her elf â€“haha. This year Iâ€™m having trouble not eating it myself, so I think I better make another batch for us! This recipe is from good old Martha, from the Dec. 2001 issue of Living. Iâ€™ve made a few changes. (I always double it, so I will give you the amounts for a double batch, which fills up one cookie sheet. Martha mixes her pecans into the toffee, and makes it in a baking dish. I prefer it a little thinner, and broken up into pieces. You can always half this recipe, to get back to the original.)
Chocolate-Pecan Butter Crunch
- 1 lb. butter
- 2/3 cups water
- 2 cups white sugar
- 4 cups chopped pecans, plus more for dusting the top
- chocolate chips
1. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray, and spread out the chopped pecans.
2. Melt the butter and water in a large pot. Add the sugar and stir constantly until itâ€™s dissolved. Occasionally brush the inside of the pot down with water, using a pastry brush, to help prevent the candy from re-crystallization. Continue cooking and stirring until the candy turns a dark amber. I usually go to around 325 on a candy thermometer, but the original recipe only has the colour description.
3. Pour the candy evenly over the nuts. Use a spoon to smooth it out and completely cover the nuts. Be careful, itâ€™s very hot.
4. While the candy is still hot, cover completely with chocolate chips. As they melt, use a knife to spread the chocolate evenly. Sprinkle with some finely chopped pecans. Let it harden, and then break into pieces.
When itâ€™s done, the toffee has a great crunch to it.
Itâ€™s great on your Christmas cookie and treat plates, or package it and give as a gift. Everyone always seem to like it.
This post is linked up at The Scrap Shoppe’s Homemade Christmas Holiday Recipes, and Tatertots and Jello Holly Bloggy Christmas Homemade Gifts Party, Tinsel & Company, Tidy Mom, Just a Girl’s Show and Share, Beyond the Picket Fence, The Weekend Wrap Up, Under the Table and Dreaming, and The Shabby Nest.