Sweet and Festive Pecan Desserts
Butter Pecan Layer Cake with Browned Butter Frosting
Switch up your holiday cake rotation with this dreamy three-layer cake. A tip from the test kitchen: When browning the butter for the frosting, pour the butter into a bowl as soon as it turns golden brown, or it will continue to cook and get too dark.
Double-Chocolate Pecan Pie
Recipe: Double-Chocolate Pecan Pie
Amp up your pecan pie this holiday season with a double dose of chocolate.
Fudgy Flourless Chocolate-Pecan Cookies
These crisp-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside cookies are so much richer than their short ingredient list lets off.
Pumpkin-Spice Bundt with Brown Sugar Icing and Candied Pecans
This Bundt cake has all the flavors of fall, and it’s picture-perfect for a Thanksgiving dessert spread. A tip from the test kitchen: For the smoothest texture and most impressive presentation, make sure the icing is still warm when you spoon it over the cake.
Putt’s Butter Pecan Sundae
Recipe: Putt’s Butter Pecan Sundae
Putt Wetherbee knows how to do sundaes. This one has homemade toasted-pecan ice cream and a praline sauce that’s richer than rich.
Mini Pecan Monkey Bread Loaves
Recipe: Mini Pecan Monkey Bread Loaves
This caramel-drizzled monkey bread can be enjoyed any time of day. To lessen your load, make this recipe a day ahead, store in the refrigerator overnight, and bake when you’re ready to serve.
Toasted Coconut-Pecan Cupcakes with Coconut-Cream Cheese Frosting
Coconut and pecans are the dessert pairing we never knew we were missing. These cupcakes would be an easy-to-serve dessert for a large holiday party.
Chocolate-Pecan Mousse Tart
Recipe: Chocolate-Pecan Mousse Tart
You can make and freeze crust ahead of time; thaw in your refrigerator overnight before preparing the filling.
Salted Chocolate Matzo Madness Toffee
Take a crack at this Southern spin on a traditional Passover treat. But it’s not only relegated to the holiday. In fact, you can make this sweet snack year-round using saltine crackers for a crispy, salty base that makes the chocolate and pecans pop in your mouth. So do yourself a favor and indulge!
Pumpkin-Pecan Streusel Pie
Pecan Pie Bars
Recipe: Pecan Pie Bars
These chewy, bite-size bars require just 20 minutes of prep time.
Pecan Pound Cake
Recipe: Pecan-Espresso Toffee
Take a crack at this intensely rich and buttery holiday treat.
Decadent Cream Puffs with Praline Sauce and Toasted Pecans
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.
Chocolate Chip-Toasted Pecan Pancakes
Add a generous dollop of whipped cream for an unexpected dessert.
Recipe: Caramel-Pecan Tart
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.
Pecan Bourbon Balls
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
Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie
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.
Crispy Praline Cookies
Recipe: Crispy Praline Cookies
In Louisiana it’s “prah·leen.” In Georgia it’s “pray·leen.” No matter how you pronounce it, these crunchy, nutty cookies are sure to please.
Recipe: Pecan Squares
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.
Pecan Cheesecake Pie
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
Recipe: Praline Pecans
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: Caramel-Pecan Pie
Create this rich gooey caramel pecan pie for your family and friends. It is a perfect special occasion pie.
Recipe: Pecan Toffee
The tender-crisp texture of this rich toffee will quickly make it your holiday guilty pleasure.
Recipe: Pecan Crescents
These nutty cookies are much like traditional wedding cookies. Let your kids help roll the dough into logs and bend them into shape.
Roasted Pecan Fudge
Roasted Pecan Fudge is a delectable holiday treat. This recipe received our Test Kitchens highest rating.
- Recipe: Roasted Pecan Fudge
Recipe: Pecan Tassies
These mini pecan pies are perfect for holiday get-togethers. They're a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and surprisingly easy to prepare!
Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes
Scrumptious Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes With Cream Cheese Frosting make a delightful sweet ending.
- Recipe: Sweet Potato-Pecan Cupcakes
Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler
Recipe: Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler
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.
Double Chocolate Brownies with Caramel Frosting
These indulgent bars are filled with toasted chopped pecans and semisweet chocolate morsels and topped with a warm caramel frosting. What more can you ask out of a brownie?
Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie
Recipe: Mocha-Pecan Mud Pie
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.
Velvety Pecan Candy
Recipe: Velvety Pecan Candy
Make two batches of Velvety Pecan Candy, one each of chocolate and vanilla. Then prepare to see them disappear.
Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites
Recipe: Crunchy Pecan Pie Bites
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.
Peanut Butter-Toffee Turtle Cookies
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
Yummy ingredients from the popular drink—chocolate, espresso, and whipping cream—make a splash in these decadent bars filled with chopped pecans and garnished wtih chocolate-covered espresso beans.
Chocolate Velvet Cake With Coconut-Pecan Frosting
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.
Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy
Recipe: Salty Chocolate-Pecan Candy
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: Oatmeal Carmelitas
Caramels, chocolate morsels, and pecans are combined for a fast-disappearing treat.
Recipe: Thumbprint Cookies
These cookies have a bit of crunch from the finely chopped pecans, sweetness from the almond extract, and richness from the butter. Strawberry and peach jams make beautiful jewel-colored fillings, but you can use other Southern favorite jams, such as blackberry, muscadine, or apple. They’re the perfect cookies to make with the kids―let them make the thumbprints and choose the filling.