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Chocolate-Caramel Pecan Clusters

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Sweet, chewy and crunchy, all at the same time -- these bite-size treats go perfectly with a cup of coffee after a meal.

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  • Yield: Makes 1 dozen

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Living, March 2004

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pecan halves (3 1/4 ounces)
  • 12 soft caramel-candy cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, broken into 12 pieces (1/2 inch each)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange pecans in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet; toast in oven until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Remove from oven (leave oven on); set aside 36 pecans on baking sheet. Finely chop remaining pecans (for about 1/4 cup); set aside.

  2. When pecans are cool enough to handle, make 12 clusters by arranging 2 pecans vertically, side by side, below 1 pecan placed horizontally. Gently flatten each caramel; place 1 on top of each cluster. Bake clusters 5 minutes. Remove from oven (leave oven on).

  3. Place 1 piece of chocolate on top of each cluster. Return to oven; bake until chocolate begins to melt, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from oven. With the back of a spoon, gently spread chocolate over caramel without completely covering it.

  4. Sprinkle clusters with reserved chopped pecans. Refrigerate until set, about 15 minutes. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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