‘Tis the season for giving! The number of names on our holiday gift list keeps growing by the day, and if you’re like us, you may get a little stressed over what to get everyone. Well, we’re going nuts for homemade gifts of the edible variety right now—homemade candies, cookies, and candied nuts are being cranked out of our kitchen left and right because we know our acquaintances and service workers will love them.
Right now, we’re on a kick with Paula’s pecan clusters. They’re so easy to make in big batches, and they’re always a hit! We figured we’d let you in on this go-to holiday goodie recipe to help ease your holiday stress.
You’ll need the following:
- 1 (7-oz) jar marshmallow cream
- ¾ lb (kisses) chocolate drop-shaped candies
- 2 ½ cups sugar
- 1 (6-oz) can evaporated milk
- ½ stick butter
- 2 cups pecan halves
- Wax paper
- Parchment paper
- Gift tins
Now, let’s get started—it couldn’t be simpler! First, spoon the marshmallow cream into a large bowl, then add the kisses. Set the bowl aside for later. Combine the sugar, milk, and butter in a saucepan. Bring it to a boil, and cook it for 8 minutes. Pour the liquid mixture over the marshmallow cream and chocolate, stirring until it’s well blended. Stir in the pecans, and drop teaspoon-sized clusters onto wax paper.
Once they’ve cooled, you can store them in an airtight container. We love to put them in pretty holiday tins lined with parchment paper to gift to our friends, family, postal carriers, hair stylists, and just about any one for whom we’d like to show our appreciation.