Need quick Christmas candy for a present or a party? These two recipes are from my two mothers-in-law. That’s right. My husband’s parents divorced and both remarried giving me double the in-laws. Lucky for me both ladies are extremely nice and great cooks.
Barbara makes the best toffee candy and it’s so easy! Here’s the recipe.
¾ cup brown sugar
½ cup butter
1 ½ cups finely chopped pecans (great in the blender, but just a few seconds-also, it takes 2-3 cups of pecan pieces to make 1 ½ cups finely chopped)
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
Lay out a sheet of aluminum foil on a cutting board or other surface that won’t be hurt by heat. Spread the nuts in a single layer over the aluminum foil in approximately a 9-inch square shape. Bring the brown sugar and butter to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for 7 minutes while still stirring. Spread this over the nuts on the aluminum foil. A buttered spatula may help. Next, distribute the chocolate chips over the candy mixture. Give the chips a minute to start melting. Then, use the buttered spatula to carefully spread the chocolate into a 3rd layer. Walk away. This is too hot to handle for hours. Shop or go to a movie or a basketball game. Come back in a few hours and break the hardened candy into toffee pieces. Store or give away in a decorative tin. Warning: All recipients will be looking for this from you next year, too.
Next is Janette’s Spiced Pecans. They are easy to make and delicious!
Janette’s Spiced Pecans
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons rum (water can be substituted for one or both tablespoons, but I like the flavor the rum adds)
Approximately 1 cup pecan halves
Lay a sheet of wax paper about the size of a sheet of notebook paper on a cutting board or other surface that will not be hurt by heat. Bring the sugar, cloves, cinnamon and liquid to a hard boil over medium/high heat, stirring constantly. Add pecans and cover them with the mixture until the liquid is used up. Turn out on wax paper to cool. Again, walk away. This will be hot! Once cooled, these pecans are great to store in a decorative jar and bring out for company.