Learn how to make this Chocolate Covered Pecans Recipe for the perfect Holiday treat. Pecans are dipped into milk chocolate, then sprinkled with flaky sea salt for the most delicious combination. These Chocolate Covered Nuts are so easy to make in less than 30 minutes with just 3 ingredients!
Me and my daughter made these for Thanksgiving to serve with appetizers before dinner and they were gone in an instant. They are perfect for an appetizer, DIY gift, dessert or make some for the Christmas cookie platter.
Why You'll Love This Recipe:
- It's super festive and great for the holidays
- Ready in less than 30 minutes
- Only 3 ingredients
- There is chocolate and salt involved, should I say more?
Milk Chocolate Melting Wafers: Used to coat the pecans. Melting wafers melt easier than chocolate chips and are easier to work with. It also hardens quickly in the fridge and has a nice creamy texture. I suggest the Ghirardelli brand for its superior quality.
Pecans: Pecan halves work best in this recipe for their size. I like to get a larger bag and sort through to get all the good ones that aren't broken to use for this recipe. If you love pecans, try my Coconut Pecan cookies too!
Flaky sea salt: For the perfect salty addition on top of the chocolate. You only need a tiny sprinkle and it really enhances the flavors.
See the recipe card below for ingredients and quantities.
Substitutions and Variations:
Rather have dark chocolate? Buy dark chocolate melting wafers instead.
Not big on sea salt? Leave it off.
I do not suggest using an alternative to melting wafers. Chocolate chips do not work as well.
For an alternate cooking method: Microwave the wafers in a microwave safe dish according to the package instructions.
Love recipes dunked in chocolate? Try these No Bake Coconut Balls too!
How to Make Chocolate Covered Pecans:
Step 1: Prepare a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper and set aside. Heat 1 cup of water in the bottom of the double boiler over medium heat. Add chocolate wafers to the top of boiler and allow the chocolate to melt, stirring every minute until fully melted. Reduce the heat to low.
Step 2: Add 5-10 pecans into the chocolate and use the fork to coat them completely in chocolate. Remove each pecan with the fork and wipe the bottom of the fork on the side of the bowl to avoid dripping.
Step 3: Transfer each pecan to the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle over sea salt. Repeat with all the pecan halves.
Step 4: Once the pecans are all coated in chocolate, transfer the cookie sheet to the fridge and allow the chocolate to harden. This takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Pull each pecan from the cookie sheet, chipping off the excess chocolate if desired.
Step 5: Serve and Enjoy!
- Make sure to use parchment paper for this recipe. It's a must to avoid the pecans from sticking and hardening the right way.
- Keep the double boiler on low when working through dipping all the pecans in chocolate to keep the texture correct.
- Throw 5-10 pecans in the chocolate at once to save time. Use a fork to get the pecans out of the bowl onto the parchment paper.
- Sprinkle the salt right on after transferring to the cookie sheet. This will help the salt stick to the chocolate before it hardens.
- Don't worry about a mess around the pecan on the parchment paper. Once they harden, the excess chocolate flakes right off.
While the chocolate can be debated, raw pecans are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and good fats like omega 3's. If you want to go a healthier route, choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate.
You can use chocolate chips, but the result may not be as good. They tend not to harden as well or quickly as melting wafers, and they can seize up if heated too quickly. This will cause you to have to throw out the bowl of chocolate chips and it's frustrating.
Store the chocolate nuts in a sealed container on the countertop or fridge for up to 3 days for the best freshness.
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