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Friday, December 11, 2009

Pecan Clusters

The things you see when your laptop dies and you get bored and watch TV instead of reading newsfeeds or wasting time on Facebook. In this case it was a recipe by Paula Deen for Pecan Clusters.

Yes, I was getting my "back home" fix and watching Paula's show on Christmas Cookies and she whipped up a batch of this quick but delicious chocolate candy with pecans. In some ways it's similar to divinity but without the use of egg white and beating forever. It's also chocolate which is always a plus.

You can make this in less than 20 minutes total and have it chilling and setting up in the fridge, perfect for holiday trays or tins. In fact, this was the first candy in the rebirth of Mama's Christmas gift tins tradition. I actually got enough out of this recipe for two tins of candy with about half a dozen left over to enjoy! The recipe says it makes about 6 dozen but, of course, I make them a bigger than most of these recipe people because - I like to know I'm eating something!

Hope you enjoy these lovely and easy candies!

Pecan Clusters
from a recipe by Paula Deen


1 7 ounce jar of marshmallow creme
3/4 pound chocolate morsels (I used milk chocolate)
2 1/2 cups sugar
6 oz. evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
2 cups pecan halves


Place marshmallow creme and chocolate morsels in large bowl. In a saucepan, combine sugar, evaporated milk, and butter and bring to a boil. Continue cooking on medium-low heat for 8 minutes. Pour over marshmallow and chocolate and stir until melted and blended. Stir in pecans and drop by teaspoons onto waxed paper. (Note: I use tablespoons.)

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