Category: Candy

Chocolate Caramel Clusters

Five ingredients are all you need to quickly make yummy Caramel Chocolate Clusters, with chow mein noodles, peanut butter, chocolate chips & caramels!
Five ingredients are all you need to quickly make yummy Caramel Chocolate Clusters, with chow mein noodles, peanut butter, chocolate chips & caramels!

Looking for a quick, yet tasty snack or treat that only has 5 ingredients (and one of them is water)? Check out this recipe for chocolate caramel clusters, an easy, classic “stand-by” treat you’ll be glad to have in your recipe box!

These chocolate crispy treats are a total cinch to make. I mean REALLY EASY! Caramels, chocolate chips, crunchy peanut butter and water are melted together in a small pan.

Once melted, the “sauce” is added to chow mein noodles and mixed, dropped by spoonfuls, and then cooled to room temperature before eating! That’s it! Here’s how easy these chocolate caramel clusters are to make.

How To Make Chocolate Caramel Clusters

Measure crisp chow mein noodles into a large mixing bowl, then set aside. Do this before you cook the other ingredients, because you want to have them ready to mix with the caramel chocolate mixture as soon as it comes off the heat.

Crunchy chow mein noodles are measured into mixing bowl.

In a small saucepan, combine the caramels, chocolate chips, crunchy peanut butter and water. Cook on low heat, stirring continually until all ingredients have melted and are well combined. This will only take a few minutes.

NOTE: Make sure to keep stirring! You do NOT want the caramels or chocolate to burn on the bottom of the pan! Just sayin’!

Peanut butter, chocolate chips, water and caramels are cooked in saucepan.The melted chocolate, peanut butter and caramel mixture, ready to pour!

Combine The Ingredients!

As soon as the chocolate caramel mixture is fully melted and combined, remove  the pan from the heat, and immediately pour it over the chow mein noodles. Stir quickly, to cover all the noodles with the hot chocolate mixture!

Melted caramel and chocolate mixture is poured over chow mein noodles.Once chow mein noodles are covered, they're ready to shape into clusters.

Time To Make Chocolate Caramel Clusters!

As soon as all the ingredients are fully incorporated, drop the mixture by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper or aluminum foil. Be sure to leave a tiny bit of space between each piece.

The recipe, as written below in the printable recipe card, should make between 20-30 chocolate caramel clusters. I decided to make mine using heaping teaspoons, and ended up with 20 clusters for these photos. You can determine the amount you need, and make them the size you desire.

The chocolate caramel clusters are dropped by teaspoonfuls onto foil to firm up.

Once all of the chocolate caramel clusters have been shaped and “dropped”, let them stand until they are firm. The yummy chocolate mixture will need time to harden, before serving!

Once completely firm, pull them off of the wax paper or foil, and enjoy! Store leftover clusters in an airtight container at room temperature, or in the refrigerator (your choice). They are yummy treats!

Chocolate caramel clusters waiting for chocolate to firm up, before being eaten.

I hope you enjoy these chocolate clusters. Whether you feel they are a cookie, or candy, I hope you enjoy them! It’s a quick way to make lots of delicious treats for your family, friends, or any occasion where you have to bring a dessert! Have a GREAT day!

Looking For More Chocolate Treats?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few favorite chocolate treats you might enjoy include:

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Chocolate Caramel Clusters
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

Five ingredients are all you need to quickly make yummy Caramel Chocolate Clusters, with chow mein noodles, peanut butter, chocolate chips & caramels!

Category: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate caramel clusters
Servings: 20
Calories Per Serving: 136 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 15 Kraft caramels (approx. 4 ounces)
  • ¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons crunchy peanut butter
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 cups chow mein noodles
Instructions
  1. Measure chow mein noodles into a large mixing bowl, then set aside.

  2. In a small saucepan, combine caramels, chocolate chips, crunchy peanut butter and water. Cook on low heat, stirring continually until all ingredients have melted and are well combined. This will only take a few minutes. NOTE: Make sure to keep stirring! You do NOT want caramels or chocolate to burn onto the bottom of the pan!

  3. As soon as chocolate caramel mixture is fully melted, remove pan from heat and immediately pour hot mixture over chow mein noodles. Stir quickly, to fully cover noodles!

  4. Quickly drop chocolate clusters by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper or aluminum foil before chocolate firms up. Be sure to leave space between each piece. The recipe, as written, will make between 20-30 chocolate caramel clusters, based on how big or small you make the spoonfuls. Let clusters cool until chocolate has firmed up completely, then they're ready to eat! Store extras in an airtight container at room temperature, or in refrigerator. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Caramel Clusters
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 174mg8%
Potassium 39mg1%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 3IU0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Five ingredients are all you need to quickly make yummy Caramel Chocolate Clusters, with chow mein noodles, peanut butter, chocolate chips & caramels!

Chocolate Cashew Cranberry Bites

FIVE MINUTES and THREE INGREDIENTS are all you need to make 2 dozen yummy chocolate cashew cranberry bites, perfect for munching or gift giving!
FIVE MINUTES and THREE INGREDIENTS are all you need to make 2 dozen yummy chocolate cashew cranberry bites, perfect for munching or gift giving!

Looking for an EASY, delicious treat for the holidays, a special snack, or a food gift for a friend or neighbor? Look no further! These chocolate bites can be made quickly, and taste fantastic!

Sweet chocolate, combined with chewy dried cranberries and crunchy cashews make this a treat you and your loved ones will enjoy! Here’s how to make these goodies, in under 10 minutes:

It’s EASY To Make Chocolate Cashew Cranberry Bites!

The ingredients for this super simple recipe are semi-sweet chocolate chips, dried cranberries, and roasted cashews (I used salted).

Ingredients for these treats are semi-sweet chocolate, dried cranberries, and roasted cashews.

Melt The Chocolate Chips

Place the chocolate chips in a medium sized MICROWAVE-SAFE bowl. Microwave the chips on High for 45 seconds. Remove the bowl from the microwave, and stir the chocolate chips (as best as you can). Mixture will be really thick at first.

Place the bowl of chocolate chips back into the microwave, and microwave on High for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Repeat this process until the chocolate is completely melted once stirred. This may take a few times in the microwave, due to varying temps. Don’t over-cook the chocolate, or it will burn!

Chocolate chips are melted in the microwave until smooth and creamy.

Add Cranberries And Cashews

Immediately add the dried cranberries and cashews to the bowl, once the chocolate is melted and smooth. Gently stir, until the melted chocolate covers all of the cranberries and cashews.

Dried cranberries and cashews are added to the melted chocolate in the bowl.The ingredients are stirred until blended, and are ready to form these chocolate bites.

Time To Make The Chocolate Cashew Cranberry Bites!

Once you’ve combined the melted chocolate, cashews and cranberries, it’s time to form these yummy bites!  Drop the chocolates by teaspoonfuls onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. You should be able to get 24 treats from this recipe!

Keep a bit of space between each of the chocolate cashew cranberry bites. This way they won’t stick together as the chocolate firms up!

Two dozen chocolate cashew cranberry bites on wax paper.

Let The Chocolate “Firm Up” Before Serving

In the first photo below you see the chocolate cashew cranberry bites right after they have been placed on the wax paper. The chocolate looks “wet and shiny”, because it is still soft.

Now, in the second photo below you see the chocolate cashew cranberry bites after they have been allowed to firm up for about 45 minutes.  See how the chocolate is no longer as shiny?

The chocolate looks shiny while it is still slightly melted, so let the candies rest to firm up.You can see the chocolate is not as shiny once it has firmed up.

Serving And Storing These Goodies

You’re ready to serve the goodies once the chocolate has completely firmed up! They’re perfect to give to neighbors and friends during the holidays, or serve at a potluck or party! I’m sure they will be gobbled up quickly, because they are so good!

If you want to “fancy them up” even more, place the bites in festive paper candy holders! Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator. They can also be frozen, if you wrap them well.

Two dozen chocolate cashew cranberry bites are ready to serve!

These chocolate candies are a perfect, easy to make treat during the holidays! Throw together the goodies in just a few minutes, and your friends and family will think you’ve been in the kitchen all day! Hope you will give them a try, and trust you will enjoy them!

Looking For More CHOCOLATE Recipes?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. I have many recipes featuring chocolate, including:

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Chocolate Cashew Cranberry Bites
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Inactive "Resting" Time (waiting for chocolate to firm up)
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

FIVE MINUTES and THREE INGREDIENTS are all you need to make 2 dozen yummy chocolate cashew cranberry bites, perfect for munching or gift giving!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cashew cranberry bites
Servings: 24 chocolates
Calories Per Serving: 117 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • cup cashews
  • cup dried cranberries
Instructions
  1. Place chocolate chips in a medium sized MICROWAVE-SAFE bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 45 seconds. Remove the bowl from microwave, and stir chocolate chips (as best as you can). Mixture will be really thick at first. Place bowl back into microwave, and heat again on High for 30 seconds. Remove and stir. Repeat process until chocolate is completely melted once stirred. This may take a few times in the microwave, due to varying temps. Don't over-cook the chocolate, or it will burn!

  2. Immediately add the dried cranberries and cashews to the smooth, melted chocolate. Gently stir, until chocolate covers them all. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto a wax paper lined baking sheet. Keep a bit of space between each of the chocolates, so they won't stick together as the chocolate firms up! Set aside, to let chocolate firm up, for about 45 minutes.

  3. They are ready to serve, once the chocolate has completely firmed up! If you want to "fancy them up" even more, place the bites in festive paper candy holders! Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator. They can also be frozen, if you wrap them well. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cashew Cranberry Bites
Amount Per Serving (1 chocolate)
Calories 117 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 109mg3%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 8IU0%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!FIVE MINUTES and THREE INGREDIENTS are all you need to make 2 dozen yummy chocolate cashew cranberry bites, perfect for munching or gift giving!

Microwave Pecan Brittle

Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!
Traditional peanut brittle gets an update and a time-saving twist in this simple recipe for Microwave Pecan Brittle! Yes… this buttery, crunchy candy is easy to make in 15 minutes, uses pecan halves instead of the customary Spanish or raw peanuts, and is made entirely IN THE MICROWAVE!

I grew up eating “traditionally made” peanut brittle every Christmas when my Mom would cook a large batch on our stovetop.  The process was a bit complicated, and involved using a candy thermometer, cooking the “syrup” portion to exactly the right temperature, and actually took a while to make.

Who Knew You Could Make Microwave Pecan Brittle In A MICROWAVE?

When I saw this MICROWAVE time-saving recipe online from Chris Scheuer of The Café Sucré Farine a couple of months ago, I KNEW I wanted to try it (if you’ve never visited her blog, I highly recommend it)!

We were starting a complete kitchen remodel the first week in November, and I knew I wanted to make some Christmas goodies ahead of time so we could have some goodies to enjoy over the holidays or for gift-giving, even though we wouldn’t have any major appliances (or a kitchen, for that matter) during Thanksgiving OR Christmas.

Well, as I write this post, it’s almost Christmas, and we are in the final days of our remodel… looks like I will have a working kitchen the second week of January!

It’s been nice to pull this pecan brittle out of our freezer (yes, I froze it back in October) and thoroughly enjoy it! I am happy to report that this microwave pecan brittle recipe is wonderful… easy to prepare, and quite delicious! Here’s how to make it!

How To Make Microwave Pecan Brittle

Cover a large cookie sheet with foil, making sure to leave an overhang of foil on all sides. Give the foil on the baking sheet a very generous spray of non-stick cooking spray.

Place the pan in a preheated 350 degree oven while you make the candy. This is done to make sure pan is really warm when you pour in the hot liquid mixture later on. A warm pan helps the pecan brittle to thin out and spread a bit easier.

Aluminum foil covered baking sheet is warmed in oven before adding pecan brittle mixture.

Spray a 2 qt. microwave-safe baking dish AND a heat-resistant spatula with non-stick cooking spray.

Measure the sugar and corn syrup into the baking dish. Stir until this mixture is fully combined and thick. Put the dish in the microwave.

Cook The Microwave Pecan Brittle In Steps

Cook mixture using HIGH power for 3½ minutes. As you can see from the photos, the mixture will be very hot, bubbly and light in color when done. Remove from microwave carefully – it is HOT!

Pecan Brittle syrup is heated in microwave oven until bubbly.

Stir in the pecan halves, then place dish back into microwave.  Cook mixture on HIGH power for an additional 3 minutes. Remove dish from microwave carefully (the color will be slighter darker).

Pecan halves are added to brittle mixture and microwaved.

Immediately add butter and the vanilla extract to the hot candy mixture. Stir the candy very well to combine all ingredients. Put the dish back in the microwave (last time). Cook on HIGH power for 1 minute.

Note: Since microwaves sometimes have different wattage levels, keep an eye on the color of the candy during the third microwaving. You may need to cook it an additional minute or so to achieve a medium brown color.

Butter added to pan, and pecan brittle is microwaved again until golden brown.

What To Do When Done Microwaving The Pecan Brittle

Remove the dish from microwave very carefully. It is HOT. Sprinkle the baking soda over the top of the candy mixture. Stir only until the baking soda has been mixed in.

The candy will get foamy, rise up a bit in the dish, and turn from a slightly amber color to a more caramel color.

Baking soda is sprinkled over the top of the pecan brittle mixture.

Pour The Microwave Pecan Brittle Onto Warm Foil-Lined Baking Pan

Immediately (and carefully- use those hot pads!) pour the hot liquid candy onto your warm foil-lined baking sheet, covering as much of the foil as you can. Use a sprayed, heat-resistant spatula to spread the candy out as much as possible on the sheet.

When you spread it out, you might have some holes or uneven areas appear in the candy… don’t worry about that, cause you will bust it up into pieces later! You really cannot mess this up, no matter how hard you may try!

Break Up The Brittle Once Totally Cooled

Once the brittle has cooled down completely, all you will need to do is lift the foil right off of the baking sheet using the overhanging pieces of foil, lift the candy right off the foil and break it up into small serving sized pieces! It’s EASY!

Microwave Pecan Brittle mixture is poured out onto covered baking sheet, to cool.

The microwave pecan brittle is ready to serve once it is broken up into pieces. Store the leftovers in an airtight sealed container.

NOTE: I placed mine into a freezer storage bag and froze the candy for two months, due to our remodel. When I took it out of the freezer and let it thaw out, the candy tasted just as marvelous as the first day I made it! Yay!

Microwave Pecan Brittle is broken into pieces and served, on red platter.

Microwave Pecan Brittle is served, once broken into small pieces.

I found this quick (and new to me) method for making microwave pecan brittle to be so easy, and the results taste fabulous! What a wonderful hostess gift this homemade pecan brittle would be, wrapped up in a cute decorated bag or container!

Sure hope you will give this yummy Christmas treat a try. Your family and friends will LOVE it!

You Might Also Enjoy These Other Holiday Treats

Candied Orange, Cinnamon & Clove Spiced Pecans
Chex Mix Munchies – Made in the Microwave
Chocolate Butterscotch Peanut Clusters
Cranberry Cashew Clusters
Holiday Spritz Cookies
Lemon Bars
Microwave Rocky Road Fudge
Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake (it’s not THAT kind of fruitcake!)

Have a blessed Christmas and Hannukah, friends! Hope you will cherish and appreciate every minute of time spent with those you love!

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Recipe Source: https://thecafesucrefarine.com/15-minute-microwave-pecan-brittle/

Microwave Pecan Brittle
Prep Time
7 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!
Category: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: microwave pecan brittle
Servings: 30 pieces (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 74 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup (light)
  • cups pecan halves
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Instructions
  1. Cover a large cookie sheet with foil, making sure to leave an overhang on all sides. Give the foil a very generous spraying with non-stick spray. Place pan in a preheated 350 degree oven while you make the candy (this is done to make sure pan is really warm when you pour in the hot liquid candy mixture later on. Warm pan helps brittle to thin out and spread out a bit easier.)
  2. Spray a 2 qt. baking dish AND a heat-resistant spatula with non-stick cooking spray. Mix granulated sugar and corn syrup until fully combined and thick. Put dish in microwave. Cook mixture using HIGH power for 3½ minutes. The mixture will be very hot and light in color when done. Remove from microwave carefully - it is HOT!
  3. Stir in the pecan halves, then place dish back into microwave. Cook mixture on HIGH power for an additional 3 minutes. Remove dish from microwave carefully (the color will be a slighter darker).
  4. Immediately add butter and vanilla extract. Stir very well to combine all ingredients. Put the dish back in microwave (last time). Cook on HIGH power for 1 minute. NOTE: Since microwaves sometimes have different watt levels, keep an eye on the color of the candy during the third microwaving. You may need to cook it an additional minute or so to achieve a medium brown color.
  5. Remove dish from microwave. Sprinkle baking soda over the top of the candy mixture. Stir only until the baking soda has been mixed in. The candy will get foamy, rise up a bit in the dish, and turn from a slightly amber color to a caramel color.
  6. Immediately (and very carefully) pour the hot liquid onto your warm foil-lined baking sheet. Use your non-stick sprayed, heat-resistant spatula to spread the candy out as much as possible on the sheet. When you spread it out, you might see some holes or uneven areas... don't worry about that, cause you will bust it up later!
  7. Once the brittle has cooled down completely, all you need to do is lift the foil right out of the pan, then grab that candy, lifting it off the foil, and break it all up into small pieces!
Nutrition Facts
Microwave Pecan Brittle
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 74 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 43mg2%
Potassium 16mg0%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 4mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s one more to pin on your Pinterest boards!Microwave Pecan Brittle is a time-saving twist on a classic candy! This delicious, crunchy holiday treat is easy to make in 15 minutes, using a microwave!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge

You’re gonna love this delicious Microwave Rocky Road Fudge, with creamy chocolate, miniature marshmallows and crunchy pecans! Guess what? This Christmas “candy” only takes 5 minutes to prepare… in the microwave! You'll love this easy, creamy microwave rocky road fudge, with marshmallows and pecans! Best part? It only takes 5 minutes to make this treat with a microwave!
I’ve been making my Mom’s Old-Fashioned Fudge each Christmas for almost 40 years now. It’s my all-time favorite recipe for homemade “traditional” fudge. It is soooo good!

But… I recently found a recipe for microwave rocky road fudge that is absolutely PERFECT to make when you don’t have a lot of time and want to whip up a QUICK, tasty Christmas surprise for family or friends. That’s most of us during this busy season, right?

The recipe for microwave rocky road fudge was in an old cookbook I had in my cookbook collection. This recipe caught my attention because it’s made IN THE MICROWAVE, and the entire batch is ready for the refrigerator in under 5 minutes!

Whoa!  Talk about FAST!  So I decided to try it, and was really happy with the results!  Here’s how easy it is to make microwave rocky road fudge:

How to Make Microwave Rocky Road Fudge

Line an 8×8 square pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the sides.  The foil overhang will be used to easily lift out the fudge from the pan later.

Coat the bottom and sides of the pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set the dish aside.

Dish is covered with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray for microwave rocky road fudge.

Place sifted powdered sugar, butter, milk, cocoa and salt into a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave this mixture for 2 to 2½ minutes on HIGH power (100%) until butter has melted.

Powdered sugar, butter, cocoa powder and milk, in bowl before placing in microwave to make fudge.

Butter has melted in the microwave with other ingredients in bowl for fudge.

Remove the bowl from the microwave, and stir or whisk the ingredients, to combine. The mixture will need to be smooth.

Ingredients for microwave rocky road fudge are stirred after cooking.

Immediately add the chopped pecans, miniature marshmallows and vanilla extract. Stir this mixture well, until all ingredients are blended together.

Miniature marshmallows, vanilla and pecans are added to microwave rocky road fudge.

Mixing the ingredients together in a bowl, for microwave rocky road fudge.

Pour fudge mixture into the prepared 8×8 pan, and spread fudge evenly in pan. Place the microwave rocky road fudge in refrigerator and chill for 1 hour, or until it firms up

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge is spread in dish and refrigerated for 1 hour.

Once fudge has firmed up, lift it out of pan using the extended edges of foil. The foil overhang will help you lift the entire block of fudge up and out of the dish.

Helpful Tip For Cutting Microwave Rocky Road Fudge

Cut fudge into 1 inch square pieces, using either a pizza cutter or a very sharp knife.

**Note: The pan I used had rounded corners. If you want straight corners on the outside edge pieces, make sure to use a square edged dish.

The microwave rocky road fudge is cut into small pieces to serve.

And just as quick as that… you’ve made homemade microwave rocky road fudge!  Even if you are experiencing the “busy-ness” of the season, you can probably still find a few minutes to make this yummy Christmas candy!

Interested In More Christmas Goodies Recipes?

Speaking of Christmas goodies, you might want to try Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons, Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake (NO-it’s not THAT kind of fruitcake), Sprinkle Bars or Gingerbread Muffins!

You might also like Snowball Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies, Pecan Pie Truffles, Microwave Pecan Brittle, Coconut Candied Cashews, Tex Mex Party Nuts, or Candied Citrus Peels!

These and other Christmas treats can be found in the Recipe Index at the top of the page. All are wonderful for gift-giving during the most wonderful time of the year!

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge Is Perfect For Gift Giving!

What a delicious gift a plate of homemade fudge is for your family or a friend during the holidays. Shhh… they don’t have to know it only took you a few minutes to make!

Make sure to keep microwave rocky road fudge stored in a covered airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy this decadent, quick and easy holiday treat!

Microwave rocky road fudge on a Christmas plate, ready to eat!

A Christmas plate, full of microwave rocky road fudge.

I hope you enjoy this wonderful season.  It’s my favorite time of the year, and I am thankful it has deep meaning for me personally.

It has great meaning, because it reminds me how deeply loved I am by the One whose birth we celebrate… Jesus, who has completely changed my life forever!

Hope you have a wonderful day, full of love, laughter, and great JOY!

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Recipe Source: The cookbook “Quick Gifts of Good Taste”, Published 1994, Leisure Arts, Inc., page 45.

Microwave Rocky Road Fudge
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins
 
You'll love this easy, creamy microwave rocky road fudge, with marshmallows and pecans! Best part? It only takes 5 minutes to make this treat with a microwave!
Category: Christmas Goodies
Cuisine: American
Keyword: microwave rocky road fudge
Servings: 30 pieces (approx. 1½ pounds
Calories Per Serving: 115 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • cups sifted confectioners sugar (powdered sugar)
  • 1/2 cup butter (or margarine)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Line an 8x8 square pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on the sides. Coat bottom and sides of pan with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Place sifted powdered sugar, butter, milk, cocoa and salt in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave this mixture for 2 to 2½ minutes on HIGH power (100%) until butter has melted. Remove from microwave, and stir to combine.
  3. Immediately add chopped pecans, miniature marshmallows and the vanilla extract. Stir mixture well, until all ingredients are blended together. Pour fudge mixture into the prepared 8x8 pan, and spread fudge to cover. Place fudge in refrigerator and chill for 1 hour, or until it firms up.
  4. Once fudge has firmed up, lift it out of pan using the extended edges of foil. Cut fudge into 1 inch square pieces. Store fudge in covered airtight container in refrigerator. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Microwave Rocky Road Fudge
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 115 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 48mg2%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Sugar 18g20%
Vitamin A 100IU2%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins

Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins in only 20 minutes! Kids will love making these easy treats!Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins in only 20 minutes! Kids will love making these easy treats!

Fall is in the air… time to decorate pumpkins! How about making some EASY, cute and tasty Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins in about 20 minutes?

I found a recipe on Pinterest for these cute little pumpkins and knew I had to make them! Looking at them, I thought they were the perfect Fall treat.

I love Rice Krispie treats, so a peanut butter flavored one that LOOKED like a cute little Halloween pumpkin… yes, please! They were incredibly EASY to make, taste delicious, and you really can’t mess them up!

How To Make These Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

Place peanut butter and butter in a medium sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (use wooden spoon because mixture won’t stick to it as much).

Peanut butter and butter are melted in pan.

Add marshmallows and the food coloring. Stir until the marshmallows have completely melted and mixture is smooth and sticky.

Marshmallows and food coloring are added to melted peanut butter mixture.

Marshmallow mixture is cooked until all marshmallows are melted.

Remove pan from heat; stir in the Rice Krispie cereal. Stir very well with wooden spoon (put some muscle into it!), until completely mixed together and mixture is orange in color.

Rick krispie cereal is added to peanut butter marshmallow mixture and stirred until blended.

Using wax paper (or powder free latex gloves), scoop out rice krispie mixture (just “guesstimate” – you need to get 12 pumpkins out of the mixture!). Roll each portion into a round little ball.

Immediately push a tootsie roll midgee into the top of “pumpkin” to act as the stem. (*TIP: Having 12 tootsie rolls unwrapped before beginning makes it so much faster!)

Place pumpkin onto wax paper to cool. Later, once the tootsie roll has warmed a bit from the hot Rice Krispie mixture, you can bend it a little to make a more realistic looking “stem”. Repeat process until you have made 12 pumpkins.

Tootsie rolls are added to look like stems on rice krispie pumpkins.

Once rice krispie pumpkins have cooled completely, decorate them any way you wish with frosting, candy eyes, or leave them just the way they are! (I used a toothpick to apply the frosting).

Rice krispie pumpkins, ready to eat!

Up close photo of rice krispie pumpkin... BOO!

These Fall-themed rice krispie pumpkins are a whimsical way to celebrate the season!  They are delicious, and what could be more fun than to decorate a peanut butter flavored rice krispie treat pumpkin?! All ages will love them (I took some to a friends house for her kids!). Sure hope you enjoy them!

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Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Make these yummy Fall or Halloween themed Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkin Treats in only 20 minutes!
Category: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rice krispie pumpkins
Servings: 12 pumpkins
Calories Per Serving: 279 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 package (10 ounces) mini-marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 13 drops red food coloring
  • 5 drops yellow food coloring
  • 12 Tootsie Roll Midgees
  • Optional- Prepared frosting for decorating (I used 1 cup powdered sugar, several drops of water and black food coloring-mixed them together to form a fairly thick frosting that wouldn't run)
Instructions
  1. Place peanut butter and butter in a medium sized saucepan. Heat on medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally with wooden spoon (use wooden spoon because mixture won't stick as much).
  2. Add marshmallows and the food coloring. Stir until the marshmallows have completely melted and mixture is smooth and sticky.
  3. Remove pan from heat; stir in the Rice Krispies. Stir very well with wooden spoon (put some muscle into it!), until completely mixed together and mixture is orange in color.
  4. Using wax paper (or powder free latex gloves), scoop out rice krispie mixture (just guesstimate-you need to get 12 pumpkins out of the mixture!). Roll each portion into a round little ball. Immediately push a tootsie roll midgee into the top of "pumpkin" to act as the stem. Place pumpkin onto wax paper to cool. Later, once the tootsie roll has warmed a bit from the hot rice krispie mixture, you can bend it a little to make a more realistic looking "stem".
  5. Repeat process until you have made 12 pumpkins. Once pumpkins have cooled completely, decorate them any way you wish with frosting, or leave them just the way they are! (I used a toothpick to apply the frosting). Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Pumpkins
Amount Per Serving (1 pumpkin)
Calories 279 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 7mg2%
Sodium 167mg7%
Potassium 87mg2%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 1020IU20%
Vitamin C 8.8mg11%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 4.5mg25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake (it’s not THAT kind of fruitcake!)

So, let’s just say this right off the bat… I don’t like “traditional” fruitcake. You know – the “door-stopper” kind, the unfortunate victim of many jokes.  My Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake is not that kind of fruitcake.  THIS fruitcake is chewy and tastes more like candy. Amen.My Mom's Refrigerator Fruitcake is not THAT kind of fruitcake.  THIS fruitcake is chewy and tastes more like candy. Amen.
When I thought about what to name this post, I thought long and hard about calling it “fruitcake”, because many people despise fruitcake. My mom has been calling it fruitcake for as long as I can remember… BUT it tastes like candy
!

Mom’s refrigerator fruitcake is chewy, and yes, it has bits of cherries, pineapple and raisins in it, but it also has marshmallows, butter, pecans and graham cracker crumbs. It is dense, chewy and AMAZING…and most importantly, is not baked, and tastes NOTHING like that other stuff.

Oh yeah… it’s gorgeous, also (like stained glass)! If you can melt butter, chop things, and know how to stir… YOU can make this recipe!!!

Here’s How To Make Mom’s Refrigerator Fruitcake

You will need candied cherries (red and green), plus some candied pineapple. These are sold in most grocery stores around the holidays. The containers look like this:

Red and green candied cherries and pineapple are used for the fruitcake.

Chop up the red and green cherries, most of the pineapple and some pecans. Make sure to set aside a few red and green cherries (whole) to use for garnishing fruitcake later.

Add chopped fruit and pecans, along with raisins to a large bowl. Set aside. Admire it’s beauty!

Raisins and pecans are added to the candied fruit.

Pulverize graham crackers. I used a food processor, but you can put them in re-sealable bag and use a rolling pin to crush them finely, as well. Cooking therapy!!!  Set crumbs aside.

Graham crackers are pulverized into fine crumbs.

Very fine graham cracker crumbs will be added to the fruitcake mixture.

Get The Loaf Pans Prepared

Wrap 4 miniature loaf pans with aluminum foil. Note: My mom has always used empty juice cans to mold the fruitcake loaves (both ends removed, heavily buttered inside). I use aluminum foil covered mini-loaf pans.

Melt butter and really coat the inside surface of the foil (bottom AND sides). Cover it really well (to help prevent sticking). You will thank me. If using empty juice cans, no need to melt butter… just thoroughly coat entire inside of juice can with it. Set aside.

Mini loaf pans are lined with foil, then  brushed with melted butter.

Making The Fruitcake

To make the fruitcake, melt 2 cubes (1 cup) of butter in a large, heavy bottomed stock pot.

Butter is melted in a large, heavy pan.

Once butter has melted, add a 16 ounce bag of marshmallows, and cook on medium low, stirring frequently until melted.

Miniature marshmallows are melted into the melted butter.

Marshmallows melting down in the pan with the butter

All of the marshmallows are almost blended into the melted butter.

Time To Add In All The GOOD Stuff!

When they have fully melted, remove pan from heat. Add the candied fruit, nuts and raisins. Stir well to fully combine. Mixture WILL be thick. Just keep on stirring…

Candied fruit, nuts, and raisins added into melted butter/marshmallow mix.

All the candied fruit is stirred into the marshmallow mixture for the fruitcake.

Now add the graham cracker crumbs, and stir well. Now it will be REALLY thick. Mix until totally combined!

Finely ground graham cracker crumbs added to the fruitcake mixture in pan.

It should look like this once your arms have gotten a great workout from stirring it up! All the ingredients should be combined, and Mom’s refrigerator fruitcake mixture will be THICK.

All of the ingredients for Mom's refrigerator fruitcake are ready for loaf pans.

Divide The Fruitcake Mixture Into Prepared Loaf Pans

Divide the mixture evenly between containers while mixture is still warm. Pack it into the molds tightly to help shape the loaves. I find it really helpful to butter my fingers to help pack it in.

Cover loaves with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 12 hours or overnight, to solidify the loaves.

Mom's refrigerator fruitcake is packed firmly into prepared mini loaf pans.

After refrigerating, Mom’s refrigerator fruitcake should look like this… a solid loaf.

After refrigeration, it becomes a thick, solid loaf of fruitcake.

Garnish each loaf with cherry halves like this, shown in the photo below. To serve, use a sharp knife to cut the fruitcake into thin slices. Yum! It is soooooo good! Store Mom’s refrigerator fruitcake wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, in the refrigerator.

Mom's refrigerator fruitcake garnished with candied cherries, and sliced to serve.

I really hope you will consider making this delicious Christmas “fruitcake”. I think you will be pleasantly surprised at just how GOOD it is and how much NOT LIKE FRUITCAKE it really is! Mom’s refrigerator fruitcake makes wonderful gifts for friends, as well. Merry Christmas!

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Recipe Source: My Mom (she’s been making this for over 50 years… have NO IDEA where she got this recipe!)

Mom's Refrigerator Fruitcake (it's not THAT kind of fruitcake!)
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Refrigerated, non-baked, non-traditional fruitcake, with pecans, cherries, pineapple, marshmallows, and graham crackers. This is more like CANDY!
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: refrigerator fruitcake
Servings: 24 4 mini-loaves total
Calories Per Serving: 363 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 (8 oz.) container red candied cherries (chopped-but save a few whole ones for garnish)
  • 1 (8 oz.) container green candied cherries (chopped-but save a few whole ones for garnish)
  • 1 (8 oz.) container candied pineapple, chopped
  • 16 ounce bag mini marshmallows (or 48 large marshmallows)
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (or walnuts)
  • 2 cubes butter (one cup total)
  • graham crackers (3 "sleeves" of graham crackers-1 pound)
  • Additional butter for "greasing" loaf pans.
Instructions
  1. Have all ingredients chopped, crushed, etc. before beginning recipe. Line loaf pans with aluminum foil (completely cover bottom and sides). Butter the bottom and side of each foil covered loaf pan with butter. Do not skimp on this part. A well buttered loaf pan will help the foil to NOT stick to the fruitcake at the end when ready to remove it! Set aside pans and prepped ingredients.
  2. Melt 2 cubes butter in a large heavy bottomed saucepan.
  3. Add marshmallows; continue heating (and stirring) on medium low heat until marshmallows are fully melted. Remove from heat.
  4. Add red and green cherries, pineapple, raisins, and nuts. Stir well.
  5. Add graham cracker crumbs. Stir really well, until all ingredients are fully combined (mixture will be very thick).
  6. Divide the mixture evenly (while still warm) into 4 prepared mini-loaf pans. Butter your fingers, press down and tightly compact the mixture into the loaf pan. When done (and mixture is tightly packed into pans), cover the pans with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 12 hours. When done, remove each loaf from pan. Carefully remove aluminum foil. Garnish top of each fruitcake with half a red cherry and two halves green cherries.
  7. Slice with sharp knife into thin slices, serve and enjoy! Store fruitcakes in plastic wrap (in the refrigerator).
Recipe Notes

Each mini loaf = 6 slices. Prep time does NOT include 12 hours refrigeration necessary to solidify and firm up the fruitcake! 
If using juice cans as forms for fruitcake, butter insides very well with softened butter. No aluminum foil necessary!

Nutrition Facts
Mom's Refrigerator Fruitcake (it's not THAT kind of fruitcake!)
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 363 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 20mg7%
Sodium 208mg9%
Potassium 113mg3%
Carbohydrates 57g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 240IU5%
Vitamin C 1.7mg2%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles

Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles are a decadent treat! They’re creamy & maple flavored, w/ nuts & crisp bacon, coated in melted chocolate and butterscotch.Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles are a decadent treat! They're creamy & maple flavored, w/ nuts & crisp bacon, coated in melted chocolate and butterscotch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This morning I am posting a recipe for Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles that I made for a bacon-themed dinner we enjoyed with dear friends a couple months ago. They’re sooo good!

In Memory Of Our Friend, Richard

This was an extremely hard post to write, because I began to write this post over a week ago, but then tragedy struck. The host for that dinner (my husband’s best friend) passed away very suddenly this past weekend, and we have been in shock ever since, grieving his loss.

He and his wife were two of our very best friends so we grieve for her, as well. Our comfort comes because our dear friend Richard believed in and knew Jesus, so we know this is a “temporary” loss, because we trust in God’s Word that we will see him again in heaven. How we long for that great reunion!

Richard… this one’s in your honor today, as I know you tried these maple bacon pecan truffles the last time we shared a meal together. We loved you… with all our hearts, and miss you terribly already.

How To Make Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles

Soooo… *takes a deep breath** … Here’s how to make these really delicious truffles, (which I adapted from my recipe for Maple Cream Bon Bons) for our Bacon Themed dinner. I figured bacon makes everything better, so that was my inspiration. Here’s what I did:

First, cook 6-7 slices of bacon until VERY crisp.

Frying the bacon until crisp to add to the truffles.

When bacon is crisp, drain, cool, then crumble or chop it up into very small pieces. Set aside a small amount to be used for garnishing the finished truffles later.

Crisp bacon crumbles will be added to the truffle dough.

Place the butter, powdered sugar and maple flavoring in a large bowl or base of an electric stand mixer.

Butter, powdered sugar and maple extract are beaten together to make dough for truffles.

Using an electric mixer, cream these ingredients until fully combined and creamy.

Creamy batter for the maple bacon pecan truffles is prepared.

Add Pecans And Bacon Crumbles To The Truffle Mixture

Add the chopped pecans and most of the bacon crumbles to the truffle mixture. NOTE: Set some of the bacon crumbles aside for garnishing the truffles later.

Mix well until combined. Refrigerate the dough for maple bacon pecan truffles for a while to let it chill and firm up.

Crisp bacon and chopped pecans are added to the truffle dough.

Shape The Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles

Once mixture is chilled, shape the mixture into 1″ balls, by rolling them between your hands. Place dough balls onto a wax paper covered cooking sheet.

Once all of the maple bacon pecan truffles have been formed, place them into freezer for 1/2 an hour to firm up again.

Coat The Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles With Chocolate

Remove truffles from freezer and carefully dip each one into the melted chocolate butterscotch coating. Let excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.

NOTE: My picture turned out blurry (sorry), but I use a toothpick inserted into truffle to dip into the chocolate, and a spoon to help cover each one.

The maple bacon pecan truffles are dipped in chocolate, to cover.

Dip each truffle completely in chocolate, then place it onto wax paper or aluminum foil. Use another toothpick to help pull the first toothpick out of the truffle.

See the little holes on top of the chocolate covered truffles? You will fill those later. Repeat until all the truffles are coated in chocolate.

Some of the truffles have been covered with melted chocolate.

Finish The Truffles

Spoon a little melted chocolate over each of the holes created by the toothpick to cover them up. Then sprinkle a few of the reserved bacon crumbles over the top of each of the maple bacon pecan truffles as a garnish.

Lots of maple bacon pecan truffles, garnished with crisp bacon crumbles.

Refrigerate Finished Truffles To Firm Them Up

Let the finished truffles sit for a while (at least half an hour), to allow the chocolate to firm up, then place them into little candy sized paper wrappers, as shown.

Keep truffles in a covered container in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

To serve, the maple bacon pecan truffles are placed into paper candy wrappers.

Here’s an inside view of one of the maple bacon pecan truffles. They taste their very best when served chilled!

A look at the inside of one of the truffles.

Hope you enjoy these maple bacon pecan truffles. The maple, pecans, bacon, chocolate and butterscotch flavors make this an INCREDIBLY delicious treat, and they really aren’t too hard to make, either!

God Bless You. Have a great day. Hold your family and friends close. Let them KNOW you love and care for them. Life IS short.

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Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles are a decadent treat! They're creamy & maple flavored, w/ nuts & crisp bacon, coated in melted chocolate and butterscotch.
Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: truffles
Servings: 48
Calories Per Serving: 158 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
For Truffles:
  • 1 cup butter (2 cubes)
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Maple flavoring
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans , chopped (may substitute walnuts)
  • 6-7 slices bacon , cooked crisp, and crumbled (reserve some to garnish finished truffles)
For Truffle Coating:
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon slices until very crisp. Drain, then crumble or chop into small pieces once cooled. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to cream the butter, powdered sugar, and maple flavoring until smooth.
  3. Stir in chopped pecans and most of the bacon crumbles (remember to save some for garnishing the finished truffles!)
  4. Place bowl in refrigerator for half an hour to let it firm up a bit.
  5. When chilled, shape the dough into 1 inch balls, by rolling the dough between your hands (yes, it might be a bit messy...) Place the dough balls onto a wax paper or foil lined baking sheet and place into freezer for about half an hour or so. (You want the dough to be very chilled before dipping in chocolate).
  6. While dough is in freezer, make the chocolate/butterscotch coating. In a microwavable bowl, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips (30 seconds on HIGH. Stir. 30 seconds on HIGH. Stir again. Watch carefully so that you don't burn the chocolate. At this point the chips should be melted and smooth after stirring the second time; if not, microwave an additional 15 seconds, then stir again.
  7. Dip dough balls into coating mixture one at a time (I insert a toothpick into the dough ball, dip, cover with coating then remove, allowing the excess to drip back into the bowl. You may find it helpful to use a spoon to help coating the truffle. Place each coated truffle onto wax paper or foil-lined baking sheets. Remove the toothpick after each one, and re-use on the next truffle.
  8. When all have been coated, hide the toothpick hole with a small bit of chocolate coating, then sprinkle (while it is still wet) with a few bacon crumbles for garnish.
  9. Let truffles sit until chocolate firms up. Place each truffle in a candy paper wrapper, if desired. Store in a covered container in refrigerator until chocolate has hardened and is ready to serve. These truffles are at their best when completely chilled.
Nutrition Facts
Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles
Amount Per Serving (1 truffle)
Calories 158 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 66mg3%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Sugar 14g16%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 125IU3%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Bacon Pecan Pralines

Bacon Pecan Pralines are a delightful twist on traditional pralines. These sweet treats include BACON, which gives them a sweet and salty flavor – a great combination! Bacon Pecan Pralines are a twist on traditional pralines. These sweet treats include BACON, which gives them a sweet and salty flavor - a great combination!
I recently made these Bacon Pecan Pralines for a “BACON” themed dinner my husband and I went to, with two other couples. Every course of the dinner had to include some type of bacon.

Since I was in charge of desserts, I made several. Included were these yummy pralines, which included salty bacon. Sweet and salty… a great combination! They were really good! Remember… everything is better with bacon. Even bacon pecan pralines, right?

I had never made Pralines before this, but I plunged right in, and managed to pull this one off!

Important Tip When Making Bacon Pecan Pralines

The only thing I would do different next time when making these pralines is to use a larger cooking pan. The one I used was medium sized.

I THOUGHT the medium sized pan was big enough, but I was wrong. There were a couple moments of near panic as the mixture nearly boiled up and out of my pan.

The hot praline mixture never did boil over, but please, listen to my advice here. Use a LARGE and DEEP saucepan when you prepare this recipe. You won’t have to frantically stir to keep the candy from boiling over the top of the pan… and yes, you will thank me for this important tip!

How To Make Bacon Pecan Pralines

In a LARGE and DEEP saucepan, mix together granulated sugar, brown sugar, buttermilk, corn syrup, baking soda and salt. Insert a candy thermometer into the mixture.

Cook mixture on medium heat, until it reaches 235 degrees on a candy thermometer.

This will take about 20 minutes or so. Mixture will be VERY hot. Stir mixture often while it cooks to prevent it from burning on the bottom of the pan. The mixture will turn a rich caramel color near the end of the cooking time.

Candy thermometer in boiling sauce for bacon pecan pralines.Candy thermometer in saucepan full of bacon pecan pralines sauce.
Once mixture reaches 235 degrees, remove pan from heat. Immediately add the butter, vanilla, chopped pecans, orange zest, and cooked bacon crumbles.

Adding chopped pecans for bacon pecan pralines to saucepan

Crumbled, cooked bacon pieces are added to praline mixture in pan.

Beat the bacon pecan praline mixture with a wooden spoon until the mixture is thoroughly combined.

WARNING: The praline mixture will be very, very hot. Be very careful so you don’t burn yourself!

Hot bacon pecan pralines mixture, in saucepan after cooking.

Drop pralines by teaspoonfuls onto a sprayed baking sheet , a silicone mat, OR onto buttered parchment paper. Leave space between each of the pralines, as they will spread a bit while hot.

Dropping spoonfuls of bacon pecan pralines onto round baking pan, to cool.
Let the bacon pecan pralines sit and cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes. The pralines will firm up as they cool. When completely firm, they are ready to be served. Carefully remove from pan.

Serve pralines by themselves, as a small treat, or as I did for our Bacon Night, on the side of a scoop of Candied Bacon Ice Cream. YEP! Bacon overload!

Bacon pecan pralines were served with a scoop of candied bacon ice cream!
If you’re looking for an interesting, yet amazingly good dessert treat, I hope you will consider making these yummy bacon pecan pralines! Have a great day!

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Bacon Pecan Pralines
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Bacon Pecan Pralines are a twist on traditional pralines. These sweet treats include BACON, which gives them a sweet and salty flavor - a great combination!

Category: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon pecan pralines, pralines
Servings: 20
Calories Per Serving: 142 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 Tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 bacon slices , pre-cooked crisp, then crumbled
Instructions
  1. Place the granulated sugar, brown sugar, buttermilk, corn syrup, baking soda and salt into a large and deep heavy saucepan. Stir to combine. Insert a candy thermometer into mixture, attaching it to the side of pan. Heat on medium heat until the mixture reaches 235 degrees F on the candy thermometer, stirring often to prevent candy from burning on the bottom of pan.
  2. Once thermometer reads 235 degrees, carefully remove pan from heat. Be careful... it will be HOT!
  3. Add butter, vanilla extract, chopped pecans, orange zest, and bacon to the hot praline mixture. Beat ingredients together, using a wooden spoon, until all is combined.
  4. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto a sprayed baking sheet, a silicone mat, OR onto buttered parchment paper. Leave space between each praline, as mixture will spread while hot.
  5. Let the pralines cool at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, until totally cooled and firm all the way through. Serve and enjoy! (Pralines may be stored in refrigerator).
Nutrition Facts
Bacon Pecan Pralines
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 114mg5%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Chocolate-Covered Bacon

Chocolate-covered bacon is both sweet and salty, incredibly easy to make, and is a very unique, but DELICIOUS crispy treat you will LOVE!Chocolate-covered bacon is both sweet and salty, incredibly easy to make, and is a very unique, but DELICIOUS crispy treat you will LOVE!!
A couple years ago, my husband tried a piece of Chocolate-Covered Bacon at a little bakery, while out of our area on business. He said it was fantastic (I had my doubts). Now, don’t get me wrong… I love bacon, but chocolate covered bacon seemed a bit wonky to me. That is, UNTIL I MADE MY OWN! Wowzers! It’s fantastic, and EASY to make!

My husband and I recently attended a THEMED dinner party with dear friends. The theme this time was BACON. All parts of the meal had to include some form of bacon. Everything. Beverages, appetizers, entrees (3), and desserts. All bacon inspired.

Here’s our menu for the bacon-themed dinner:

Menu for bacon-themed dinner

Here’s a collage of some of the bacon dishes we enjoyed… everything from prosciutto risotto to candied bacon ice cream!

Collage of bacon themed dishes from our bacon themed dinner

I was in charge of the desserts, (as I typically am). One of the desserts I made was chocolate covered bacon strips. YUM! Even after being coated in semi-sweet chocolate, the bacon was crispy inside.

The chocolate actually is a perfect counter balance to the saltiness of the bacon.  You can also see my Bacon Pecan Pralines, Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles, and Candied Bacon Ice Cream in the collage photo above.

It really was easy to make this chocolate-covered bacon. I didn’t have a “recipe”; I just used the technique I use for dipping truffles in chocolate. My fingers got a bit messy, but that’s no big deal. Here’s what I did.

First I fried the number of bacon strips I wanted. This recipe is for 8, but you can easily alter recipe to accommodate the number of strips you want to make.  I cooked the bacon strips until they were very crispy, then drained them on a paper towel to absorb the grease.

Bacon is fried until crisp.
I let the bacon cool completely. Then I melted semi-sweet chocolate chips with a heaping Tablespoon of vegetable shortening in my microwave. (30 seconds, stir. 30 seconds stir).

Chocolate chips and shortening are melted together to coat bacon
The next thing I did was carefully (the bacon is crisp, remember?) dip one piece of bacon at a time in the chocolate.  I used a spoon to help cover about 3/4 of the piece on both sides with chocolate, then carefully flipped it over and did the remaining bit on both sides.

I used a spoon to spoon the chocolate into nooks and crannies that needed help to be covered. I let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl.

Crisp bacon is dipped in melted chocolate until fully covered.
After each piece was completely covered in chocolate, it was carefully placed on a piece of aluminum foil to let the chocolate firm up.

Chocolate dipped bacon is left to dry until chocolate firms up
Once the chocolate had firmed up, I melted some white chocolate chips (about 1/2 cup) with a small amount of shortening (1 teaspoon), then decoratively drizzled it over the bacon slices. I even had some green colored chocolate chips from a bag of Christmas colored ones, so I also drizzled that over, for contrast (optional).

At our bacon dinner that evening, one of my friends wondered if I had put mint flavored drizzle (the GREEN chips) on the bacon. No way… just used a different colored semi-sweet chocolate chip!

Chocolate covered bacon is drizzled with white and green chocolate
When I was done being “creative” (ha ha), I let the chocolate-covered bacon slices firm up completely before attempting to remove them from the aluminum foil. I then placed them in a single layer in a sealed plastic container, and kept them in the refrigerator until ready to serve later that evening.

The truffles you see in the picture (with the bacon strips) are another creation I made for bacon night. Here’s the recipe for these Maple Bacon Pecan Truffles. (they were yummy, too!)

Close up photo of chocolate-covered bacon strips
That’s it! It’s really not hard to make chocolate-covered bacon, at all! Hope you will give it a try. Bacon just seems to make everything better… even chocolate!

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Chocolate-Covered Bacon
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
Chocolate-covered bacon is both sweet and salty, incredibly easy to make, and is a very unique, but DELICIOUS crispy treat you will LOVE!!
Category: Candy
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate covered bacon
Servings: 8 servings
Calories Per Serving: 301 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • Bacon (I used 8 strips)
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 HEAPING tablespoon vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips + 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening (for drizzle)
  • 1/2 cup colored chocolate chips + 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening (for drizzle... totally optional!)
Instructions
  1. Cook bacon until very crisp. Remove from skillet to paper towels to absorb extra grease. Let cool completely.
  2. Place 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Add the shortening. Cook on high power for 30 seconds. Remove. Stir. Place bowl back in microwave. Cook on high power for 30 seconds. Stir well, to fully combine. If mixture is not fully smooth, place it back in microwave on medium high power for 15 seconds (I usually don't have to do this, but you might, depending on the wattage of your microwave). DO NOT BURN THE CHOCOLATE!
  3. Carefully coat all sides of the bacon strips with melted chocolate. Using a spoon to help get the chocolate onto the bacon works great! Place coated bacon strips onto aluminum foil, and let sit, undisturbed until chocolate has set.
  4. Melt white chocolate chips and shortening in the exact same way as described above. Decoratively drizzle the mixture over the chocolate covered strips. Let sit until chocolate is completely firmed up, then place bacon strips in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate-Covered Bacon
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 301 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 149mg6%
Potassium 234mg7%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Cranberry Cashew Clusters

Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!

Easy. Quick. Yummy. That explains this recipe for Cranberry Cashew Clusters, in a nutshell. Well… not really IN a nutshell, but you know what I mean, right?

This recipe is made with only 3 (count ’em… 3!) ingredients… white chocolate chips, dried cranberries and cashew pieces!

Semi-sweet chocolate OR white chocolate can be used, depending on your taste. I love using white chocolate, because the cranberries show up a little bit better in the candy!

Making Cranberry Cashew Clusters Is EASY!

Anyways… this cranberry cashew clusters recipe is as simple as melting the chocolate, stirring in the dried cranberries and cashews, and placing mixture by spoonfuls (or spreading out) onto was paper.

The recipe makes approximately 2 dozen of these delicious cranberry cashew clusters. You should store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator, to keep the chocolate firm.

Cranberry cashew clusters on wax paper lined Christmas platter.

Cranberry Cashew Clusters are perfect little goodies to make when you are pressed for time! It’s so easy to make these delicious goodies to give to others, or have on hand for your ravenous family.

The chewy cranberries, crunchy cashews, and the sweet chocolate coating combine to make cranberry cashew clusters a wonderful treat! Sure hope you will give them a try!

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Cranberry Cashew Clusters
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Make delicious Cranberry Cashew Clusters, with only 3 ingredients (dried cranberries, white chocolate and cashews)! Easy to make, and perfect for gift giving!
Category: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry cashew clusters
Servings: 24 clusters (approx.)
Calories Per Serving: 90 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1.5 cups (12 oz.) white chocolate chips (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 2/3 cup cashew pieces
Instructions
  1. Melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave. If microwaving, heat on high for 30 seconds. Stir. Heat on high for an additional 30 seconds. Stir. If not completely smooth, heat on medium power for 15 seconds more, then stir until smooth. Do not burn the chocolate!
  2. Stir the cranberries and cashews into the melted chocolate and stir well, to coat.
  3. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls (OR spread out into a solid piece, then break up into bite sized pieces later) onto wax paper lined baking sheet. Let stand until they set up (firm).
  4. Serve and enjoy. Keep leftover candies refrigerated.
Nutrition Facts
Cranberry Cashew Clusters
Amount Per Serving (1 cluster)
Calories 90 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 55mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 5IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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