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Pecan Log Roll Recipe


This pecan log roll recipe is a delicious no-bake dessert that has a soft center and a delicious caramel and pecan coating.

These classic candies are ideal for holiday gift-giving.

This Pecan Log Roll Recipe makes approx. 8 delicious pecan logs covered in creamy caramel and crunchy pecans. Perfect candy to gift to family and friends.



Have you ever had that one food item that you always have to pick up when you visit a specific place? For me, it is a pecan log.



If we are ever near one of my favorite candy stores, Old Smoky Candy Kitchen, I have to pick up a pecan log without fail.



When I’m craving them though, and haven’t had one in a while, I whip up a batch with this recipe.

Ingredients for Pecan Log Roll Recipe

  • 2 teaspoons and a 1/2 cup butter divided and softened
  • 3-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package (14 ounces) caramels
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 cups chopped pecans



Directions

  1. Butter an 8-inch square pan with your 2 teaspoons butter and set aside.
  2. Combine powdered sugar and milk powder and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup butter, sugar, and light corn syrup.
  4. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil.
  5. Stir in the powdered sugar and powdered milk mixture, a little at a time until blended.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in your vanilla. Continue to stir until the mix starts to mound. Spread on to the prepared pan and allow to cool enough to handle. Do not allow to cool completely. Just enough so you don’t burn your fingers.
  7. Cut the candy into four strips and then down the middle. Shape each piece into a log and wrap in waxed paper. Freeze until firm or overnight if you want to prep this portion beforehand.
  8. Once the candy is firm you are ready to finish with caramel and pecans. Melt your caramel with the milk in a microwave, double boiler or melting pot. I recommend in a melting pot or double boiler so the caramel can stay warm. It will set quickly.
  9. Place your pecans on a cookie sheet, coat your candy with caramel and then roll in pecans.
  10. Wrap them in waxed paper and store at room temperature in an airtight container.

This Pecan Log Roll Recipe makes approx. 8 delicious pecan logs covered in creamy caramel and crunchy pecans. Perfect candy to gift to family and friends.



That is all there is to this yummy pecan log roll recipe. Several ingredients but really easy to make.



I think the trickiest part is coating the candy in caramel. It can set quickly which is why I recommend using a melting pot to keep the caramel warm.



As long as it stays warm it won’t try to set up in the pot before you can finish coating all your candy.

This Pecan Log Roll Recipe makes approx. 8 delicious pecan logs covered in creamy caramel and crunchy pecans. Perfect candy to gift to family and friends.



I enjoy pecan log rolls all year long but several people see them as holiday candy. This pecan log roll recipe definitely will make a good homemade gift for family and friends.



It makes a lot, so whether it is the holidays or not I would be ready to pass some along.

You can cut these with a serrated knife and package them for friends that way or just wrap up a whole log.



Have you ever made homemade pecan log rolls? I don’t make a lot of candy but these are definitely one of my favorites.

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This Pecan Log Roll Recipe makes approx. 8 delicious pecan logs covered in creamy caramel and crunchy pecans. Perfect candy to gift to family and friends.

Pecan Log Roll Recipe

A delicious no-bake dessert that has a soft center and a delicious caramel and pecan coating. 

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons and a 1/2 cup butter, divided and softened
  • 3-3/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package, 14 ounces caramels
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 cups chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Butter an 8 inch square pan with your 2 teaspoons butter and set aside.
  2. Combine powdered sugar and milk powder and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the 1/2 cup butter, sugar and light corn syrup.
  4. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mix comes to a boil.
  5. Stir in the powdered sugar and powdered milk mixture, a little at a time until blended.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in your vanilla. Continue to stir until the mix starts to mound. Spread on to prepared pan and allow to cool enough to handle. Do not allow to cool completely. Just enough so you don't burn your fingers.
  7. Cut the candy into four strips and then down the middle. Shape each piece into a log and wrap in waxed paper. Freeze until firm or overnight if you want to prep this portion beforehand.
  8. Once the candy is firm you are ready to finish with caramel and pecans. Melt your caramel with the milk in a microwave, double boiler or melting pot. I recommend in a melting pot or double boiler so the caramel can stay warm. It will set quickly.
  9. Place your pecans on a cookie sheet, coat your candy with caramel and then roll in pecans.
  10. Wrap them in waxed paper and store at room temperature in an airtight container.
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This Pecan Log Roll Recipe makes approx. 8 delicious pecan logs covered in creamy caramel and crunchy pecans. Perfect candy to gift to family and friends.



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Jeanine

Sunday 1st of November 2020

Can you freeze the final product?

Melissa

Monday 2nd of November 2020

Yes, you can freeze them. They would last about 3 months.

Babbie

Wednesday 30th of September 2020

I love pecan logs! My favorite (hard to find) have the cherry nougat! Any suggestions on how to add cherries without making it runny but keeping all that delicious cherry flavor? Yours look absolutely delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

Melissa

Thursday 1st of October 2020

Babbie, I have never tried adding cherries to the mix so it would definitely be trial and error to see if it worked. If I was going to though I would add like maybe a 1/3 cup of maraschino cherries, drained really well & finely chopped.

Vanessa

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Why??? I took the rolls to cover them in caramel, but the waxed paper is stuck all over the rolls. ☹️

Melissa

Friday 1st of May 2020

Did you allow them to firm up enough? That is the only reason I can think of that would have caused the paper to stick.

Doug

Monday 13th of January 2020

My mother is 86 and this is one of her favourite things to bake around Christmas but she uses eagle brand so it’s really rich

Lisa

Sunday 22nd of December 2019

I’m so happy to have found this recipe! It reminds me of having this candy at my grandmother’s house at Christmas time when I was a child. I remember it being SOOO good. I can’t wait to try your recipe! Thank you❤️