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Homemade Chocolate Covered Pecans

Crunchy, maple candied pecans meet milk chocolate. These homemade chocolate-covered pecans are an easy gourmet sweet treat. Portioned into bite-sized clusters these maple candied nuts make an easy dessert or snack, especially during fall. Due to their extended shelf-life, they’re also a great edible gift.

A tray of chocolate covered pecans
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Why you’ll love this candied pecan recipe

  • No-bake cookie: Quick and easy to make on the stovetop.
  • Edible gift: Delicious, homemade gift from your kitchen, thanks to the long shelf-life.
  • Naturally gluten-free.


  • Pecans – You’ll need shelled, unsalted, raw pecans for this recipe. Don’t worry if they break during roasting as they’ll set in clusters.
  • Maple syrup – The maple flavor works well with pecans and adds rich sweetness.
  • Vanilla extract – Vanilla extract or fresh vanilla give this treat with extra richness.
  • Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon adds warmth to this sweet snack. Use pumpkin spice instead for extra fall flavors.
  • Salt – A pinch of sea salt rounds out the flavors. Add more if you prefer a sweet/salty taste.
  • Chocolate – Milk chocolate drops are used in this recipe but you can also use dark or white chocolate.
  • Coconut oil – You can omit the coconut oil but it adds extra richness to the chocolate and helps the clusters set.


These candied pecan clusters make a great addition to your Christmas cookie, truffle, or praline collection due to their long shelf life. Packaged in a clear mason jar with a festive bow, these pecan clusters make a beautiful, edible gift.

Enjoy them with a cup of winter spiced tea or non-alcoholic mulled wine for a festive treat.


How do I store candied pecans?

Candied pecans can be stored in an airtight container for one week at room temperature or in the fridge for 3 weeks.

Why are the nut clusters chewy?

Make sure to cook the pecans long enough. Maple syrup has to reach 235F/110C for it to fully crystallize and create a candy-like texture.

If you like this easy recipe, make sure to check out the following fall desserts as well:

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A tray of chocolate covered pecans

Homemade Chocolate Covered Pecans

Caro Jensen
Crunchy, candied pecans meet decadent chocolate. Maple candied pecans are formed into clusters and covered in a delicate milk chocolate drizzle. An easy but gourmet sweet treat!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 servings
Calories 188 kcal


  • 2 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil


  • In a small heavy bottomed pan, toast the pecans on the stovetop on medium heat. Spread out the raw pecans evenly and toss them every 10 seconds to prevent them from burning. Remove pecans from the pan once they darken slightly which takes about 2-3 minutes.
    2 cup pecans
  • Add the maple syrup to the pan and heat it on high heat until it starts to crystallize which happens at 235F/110F. Remove the pan from the heat and add your toasted pecans, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and salt. Mix everything thoroughly.
    1/3 cup maple syrup, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1 pinch salt
  • Once combined, scoop out the pecan clusters with a tablespoon. Place them on a parchment paper lined baking tray to cool.
  • Melt the chocolate either in the microwave in small intervals or by using the double boiler method. Make sure to stir it regularly to avoid it from burning. Once melted, add the coconut oil and combine them thoroughly.
  • Now drizzle the melted chocolate over the candied pecans with a tablespoon.
    1 cup milk chocolate chips, 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Let the pecan clusters cool down and set for 1 hour at room temperature to make sure they're fully set. Enjoy!


The pecans and maple sugar burn easily. Make sure to stir frequently and keep an eye on them at all times.
Remove the pecans from the pan immediately or they will continue to roast and burn.
The crystallized maple syrup is extremely hot. Make sure not to touch it.
Let the candied clusters cool fully to ensure they stick together before transferring them into storage containers.


Calories: 188kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 3mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 0.3mg
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