Sweet and Festive Pecan Desserts
Your celebration won't be complete without one of these delicious pecan desserts.
You can make and freeze crust ahead of time; thaw in your refrigerator overnight before preparing the filling.
Recipe: Chocolate-Pecan Mousse Tart
These chewy, bite-size bars require just 20 minutes of prep time.
Recipe: Pecan Pie Bars
Take a crack at this intensely rich and buttery holiday treat.
Recipe: Pecan-Espresso Toffee
It may be tempting to use a stand mixer for the cream puff batter, but it pays to mix by hand. You need to see when the mixture is smooth and shiny, which will prevent overmixing. Top with Praline Sauce.
Add a generous dollop of whipped cream for an unexpected dessert.
Surprisingly easy to make, this pecan and caramel dessert recipe pairs the cookie-like crispness of shortbread with a buttery-rich brown sugar-and-honey topping.
- Recipe: Caramel-Pecan Tart
Think a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball is a bourbon ball? Think again. Try coating them in spiced toasted pecans for a sweet-salty variation and you'll be a convert for life.
- Recipe: Pecan Bourbon Balls
Once you’ve made a pecan pie in a cast-iron skillet, you may never go back to a pie plate. Simply press a refrigerated pie crust into the skillet, sprinkle with sugar, top with the pecan mixture, and bake. Serving it in the skillet is also easy and makes the dish even more Southern.
- Recipe: Crispy Praline Cookies
If you like the taste of pecan pie, you'll love this easy alternative. Serve the squares with vanilla ice cream for an over-the-top dessert.
- Recipe: Pecan Squares
Pecan Cheesecake Pie starts with a creamy bottom layer of batter that rises to the top of the crust during baking.
- Recipe: Pecan Cheesecake Pie
Pralines are best made when the weather is dry--humidity tends to make them grainy. Be sure to use a heavy saucepan, and work quickly when spooning the pecan mixture onto the wax paper.
Recipe: Praline Pecans
Create this rich gooey caramel pecan pie for your family and friends. It is a perfect special occasion pie.
- Recipe: Caramel-Pecan Pie
The tender-crisp texture of this rich toffee will quickly make it your holiday guilty pleasure.
Recipe: Pecan Toffee
These nutty cookies are much like traditional wedding cookies. Let your kids help roll the dough into logs and bend them into shape.
- Recipe: Pecan Crescents
Roasted Pecan Fudge is a delectable holiday treat. This recipe received our Test Kitchens highest rating.
- Recipe: Roasted Pecan Fudge
These mini pecan pies are perfect for holiday get-togethers. They're a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and surprisingly easy to prepare!
- Recipe: Pecan Tassies
Scrumptious Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting make a delightful sweet ending.
- Recipe: Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes
Tart Granny Smith apples, sautéed in brown sugar and butter, get topped with the tender, sweet crunch of a pecan-pie muffin batter. Bake this fall favorite in individual ramekins or a single casserole dish.
- Recipe: Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler
Round out your meal with a slice of decadent mocha-pecan mud pie. This dessert is so rich, your guests will never know it was lightened.
- Recipe: Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie
Make two batches of Velvety Pecan Candy, one each of chocolate and vanilla. Then prepare to see them disappear.
Recipe: Velvety Pecan Candy
Package Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites in pretty airtight containers to add holiday jazz to your kitchen countertops. They can also be frozen in large zip-top plastic freezer bags for up to one month; just bring to room temperature before serving.
- Recipe: Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites
These turtle cookies have every indulgent flavor we could pack in a recipe: chocolate, peanut butter, caramel, and toffee. You’re already baking a batch, aren’t you?
- Recipe: Mudslide Brownies
A lavish amount of melted chocolate and sour cream gives these moist cake layers a tender, velvet-textured crumb. You'll find lots of imaginative ways to bake and frost the cake layers listed with the recipe for the batter.
The hardest part about making Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy is waiting for the chocolate to firm up before devouring it.
To get the marbled effect, alternate white and dark chocolate squares on a baking pan. Bake as directed, remove from oven, and immediately swirl the warm chocolate with a wooden pick.
Recipe: Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy
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