In this addictive popcorn recipe, rich brown butter and maple syrup are cooked into a quick caramel, which is then used to both candy the pecans and coat freshly popped popcorn. A generous pinch of salt makes all those sweet-savory flavors pop.
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These chocolaty nuts are flavored with warm spiced like cinnamon and nutmeg, then get a kick from some cayenne pepper.
Apple pie and pecan pie: two world-famous classics. But let's be honest, one's a little wholesome and the other's a little too sweet. You know which is which. But what if we combine them into a single pie with an apple filling and pecan bourbon-caramel top "crust"? And what if we told you it's easier to make and assemble than either of the originals? This may be the greatest pie mashup ever.
As if straight-up buttercream weren't indulgent enough, Robicelli's: A Love Story, With Cupcakes calls for decorating these cakes with shards of crisp, salty potato chips and chopped pecans. A dollop of vanilla buttercream tops the cake, and a generous drizzle of butterscotch sauce delivers a parting shot of salty sweetness. It tastes like a day at the fair.
In this classic American dessert, a chocolate buttermilk sheet cake is baked in a jelly roll pan and topped with a chocolate buttermilk icing and toasted pecans.
In this recipe from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream Desserts, a super-sweet custard is stirred into a white whiskey-flavored ice cream base and beefed up with salty, toasted pecans.
After a few bites you'll feel warm and ready to tackle the cold. But because it's late in the day and the sauce is spiked, you can skip the chopping wood part, and instead plop down on the couch and fall asleep early.
Maple and pecans cooked together with brown sugar are reminiscent of pecan pie. These quick crepes make a fancy statement on the plate, but can be made with mostly pantry staples.
Some boozy sweets don't really taste like booze. That's not the case with these cookies, which marry the flavors of brown butter, pecans, and bourbon.
The simplicity of florentine cookies leaves them open to interpretation. In this case, dried chopped mango adds a chewy, sweet, slightly tart flavor that goes very well with a base of chopped pecans.
All it takes to mint-ify these cookies is is a simple swap of the usual vanilla extract for peppermint, and instead of dusting the cookies twice with confectioners' sugar, you conduct the second coating with crushed candy canes. The resulting cookies are kissed with mint, which works rather well with the rich butter and nut mixture. It doesn't give this cookie a completely different personality, but it's different enough to make you appreciate snowballs anew.
Sweet and nutty pecan pies in a tiny package.
Candied pecans are chopped and added into the cranberry sauce base after it has cooled slightly, giving the final sauce a sweet and nutty crunch.
If you're already sick of pumpkin, but searching for a dessert that can feed a holiday crowd, look no further than The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook's German chocolate cake. Crunchy, chewy frosting is spread between sweet and simple chocolate cake. It's an intersection of coconut, chocolate and toasted pecan that's deeply satisfying.
Crisp short bread cookies made with wild foraged hickory nuts.
Oatmeal adds hearty texture to these simple fall pancakes served with pan-roasted pears and pecans.
Between the bright, lemony, parsley-filled dressing, the sweet grapes, and the crunchy pecans, it's easy to see why this green rice salad is a hit.
Not your average bar cookie. Crunchy Twix bars, pecans, bittersweet chocolate, and a homemade caramel all set over a buttery shortbread crust.
This pie ups the ante in the pecan pie game. It's full of a rich caramel custard and chock-full of pecans, with a healthy dose of chocolate to send it over the edge. With just a tiny hit of salt to balance out the sweet richness of the filling, this pie will be the one they talk about long after Thanksgiving.
These pecan squares have a deep caramel flavor.