Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pecan Turtle Clusters

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! I hope you are enjoying time with your loved ones before Santa arrives!

If you are still looking for a quick treat to whip together for neighbors, friends, your Holiday table, or Santa... These turtles are perfect!

They are easy and oh so delicious... Plus, this recipe is almost embarrassingly easy!

You will need:
1 cup whole pecans, toasted
1/2 bag Caramel bits
1 teaspoon water
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips

Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Start by heating a skillet to medium heat. Add your pecans and toast until browned and fragrant. Remove from heat and set aside.

Melt caramel bits and water in your microwave on high heat in 30 second intervals until completely melted and smooth. Set aside.

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and place 3 toasted pecans in a triangle pattern.

Spoon a Tablespoon sized amount of caramel over the pecans (this works as the glue to hold the pecans together). Work quickly as the caramel will start to harden. When all of the pecan clusters are covered, place them in the fridge to set up while you melt the chocolate.

Melt the chocolate chips in your microwave in 30 second intervals until shiny and smooth.
Remove pecan clusters from your fridge and spoon chocolate over the top, in a circular motion, dragging the top to make it decorative. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt if you desire.

Place the clusters in the refrigerator for 1 hour to set up.

Package the clusters in decorative bags to give to friends and family! Or place on a pretty tray to add to your Holiday table!

I hope you enjoy these delicious pecan clusters! Have a safe and happy Holiday everyone! I will be back tomorrow to post a delicious White Hot Cocoa recipe!

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