Christmas Candy!

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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 I’m her elf –haha. This year I’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. I’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

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. butter
  • 2/3 cups water
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 4 cups chopped pecans, plus more for dusting the top
  • chocolate chips

Method

1. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick spray, and spread out the chopped pecans.

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2. Melt the butter and water in a large pot. Add the sugar and stir constantly until it’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.

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3. Pour the candy evenly over the nuts. Use a spoon to smooth it out and completely cover the nuts. Be careful, it’s very hot.

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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.

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When it’s done, the toffee has a great crunch to it.

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It’s great on your Christmas cookie and treat plates, or package it and give as a gift. Everyone always seem to like it.

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Merry Christmas!

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.

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Comments

  1. That looks sooo yummy!

  2. It looks sooo yummy. And i LOVE your packaging! Thanks so much for linking to the Christmas challenge! -shaunna 🙂

  3. This looks REALLY yummy! I can see what its hard for you to not eat it. 😉 It looks gorgeous wrapped up as a gift. Thank you for sharing this on Homemade Christmas!

  4. The candy looks so yummy!!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe. Love the packaging.
    Happy Holidays
    Michele

  5. Oh my, this sounds so good. I haven’t made any of this for at least 20 years & really not sure I should do it now, if you know what I mean.
    CAS

  6. OMG! This looks so delicious! I already did my holiday baking – but I might have to whip this up sometime this week! I’m coming over from Tatertots and Jello 🙂

  7. This looks absolutely delicious and easy to make! Thanks for the recipe!!

    ~Julia

  8. Yummy!!

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  9. I used to have a client who would give me this candy every year for Christmas. I always loved it and wanted the recipe. She said it was a family secret so I never got it. This looks the same except she used sliced almonds. Can’t wait to try this out. Thanks for sharing.

  10. This looks AMAZING. Thanks so much for sharing! I think I will make it for Christmas Eve. I wonder if Santa would like it??? Hope you’ll come link up to Made with Love Monday 🙂 The party will be open until Friday so feel free to link up multiple projects. Hope you have a very Merry Christmas! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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