Brown Sugar Pecan Toffee

This brown sugar pecan toffee is the easiest homemade candy you will ever make! It’s packed full of pecans, pretzels and topped with delicious semisweet chocolate. Plus it’s ready in just 35 minutes! If you have never made candy before now is the time! 

This brown sugar pecan toffee is the easiest homemade candy you will ever make! It's packed full of pecans, pretzels and topped with delicious semisweet chocolate. Plus it's ready in just 35 minutes! If you have never made candy before now is the time!

This brown sugar pecan toffee is kind of a big deal. In fact, if you ask my boss she said she was going to fire me for bringing her a big bag. It was gone in two days. I would say that is a pretty shining review. If you have never made toffee before don’t fear the candy making. It’s simple and all you really need is a little patience and a working candy thermometer. Just follow the directions, watch the temperature and then devour. PLUS everyone I know love homemade candy. It’s basically love in sugar form. And who doesn’t love sugary coated love? I know I do! Plus you get to go around the house yelling “IT’S TOFFEE TIME!” 

This brown sugar pecan toffee is the easiest homemade candy you will ever make! It's packed full of pecans, pretzels and topped with delicious semisweet chocolate. Plus it's ready in just 35 minutes! If you have never made candy before now is the time!

Luckily I was given a chance to try out some Fisher Nuts and had to throw them in this toffee. Usually, I make it nut free but I’m so happy I decided to throw in some chopped pecans and get a little nutty. They were perfect! Fisher Nuts is also teaming up with chef Alex Guarnaschelli this year to bring you simple twists on holiday recipes. I couldn’t turn down the chance to “work” with Alex Guarnaschelli. Did I ever tell you I met her once? See?! She was totally sweet and I tried to be all calm and collective but my insides were squealing!

Alex Guarnaschelli and Nutmeg Nanny

{Looking for more easy desserts? Try my Peanut Butter BuckeyesNutella Peanut Butter Cookie Dough FudgeNo Bake Strawberry TartletsCaramel Apple Crisp Pizza or my Peanut Butter Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars}

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Brown Sugar Pecan Toffee

This brown sugar pecan toffee is the easiest homemade candy you will ever make! It's packed full of pecans, pretzels and topped with delicious semisweet chocolate. Plus it's ready in just 35 minutes! If you have never made candy before now is the time!

Yield: 1 9x13 tray

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup crushed pretzels
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semisweet morsels

Source: Slightly adapted from An Edible Mosaic

Directions:

On a large silpat lined baking sheet spread out crushed pretzels and 3/4 cup of the chopped pecans. You want to leave about 2 inches space from the side of the baking sheet.

In a medium sized saucepan add butter, brown sugar and water. Give a quick stir, attach candy thermometer to the side (making sure the bottom of the thermometer does not the bottom of the pan, that will give you an incorrect reading) and cook over medium heat. When the temperature reaches 305 degrees take it off the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Be careful. It will boil-up.

Quickly pour over the crushed pretzels and pecans. Spread evenly and be sure to work fast because it starts getting hard very quickly.

Let the toffee rest for about 5 minutes and then sprinkle the top with chocolate morsels. Let them sit for 5 minutes and then, using an offset spatula, spread out the chocolate to create a smooth chocolate topping. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chopped pecans.

Let cool for 30 minutes and then break apart and enjoy!

This brown sugar pecan toffee is the easiest homemade candy you will ever make! It's packed full of pecans, pretzels and topped with delicious semisweet chocolate. Plus it's ready in just 35 minutes! If you have never made candy before now is the time!

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Fisher nuts.

31 Responses to “Beer Bratwurst Macaroni and Cheese”

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    Sune Moolman — January 30, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I’m fascinated by the beer in this M+C. It sounds like a real winner with the bratwurst. Also, M+C … I mean, what’s not to love? 🙂

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — January 30, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I’m loving your variation on mac and cheese with the beer and bratwurst -but that pretzel crust really throws it over the top! WOW!

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — January 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Dude. This is off the charts!!

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    kristy @ the wicked noodle — January 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

    You are a woman who knows her mac ‘n cheese! And I’m a woman who knows bratwurst and this version of m&c looks AMAZING!!

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    Heather at Basilmomma — January 30, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I came for the mac brat recipe and I am leaving with 4 more mouthwatering mac n cheese recipes to try! Darn you Nanny! 🙂

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    Heather / girlichef — January 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    You are brilliant! I can definitely see this for Oktoberfest, but hecks to the yeah for SuperBowl – because sooner rather than later is when I need this.

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — January 30, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Wow! This is one over-the-top mac ‘n cheese! So creative.

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    The Food Hunter — January 30, 2015 at 10:10 am

    This takes mac & cheese to a whole new level

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    Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats — January 30, 2015 at 10:21 am

    Oh crap….now I NEED to make this. Beer, brats, and cheese – my kind of meal!

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    Joanie @ ZagLeft — January 30, 2015 at 10:24 am

    Looks fantastic and with a pretzel crust! Love it!!

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    Melanie | Melanie Makes — January 30, 2015 at 11:06 am

    I have absolutely no doubt that this would be an instant hit at our house – brats FTW!

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    heather @french press — January 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

    beer, brats, and mac and cheese – those are my husbands three favorite food groups! glad you get a birthday without football this year

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    Gail — January 30, 2015 at 11:22 am

    My birthday is Feb 6th also. I totally feel your pain. Can’t wait to try this recipe.

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    Jameson Fink — January 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

    As a Midwesterner, you know I love brats. And adding a crushed pretzel topping in place of the normal breadcrumbs is a fantastic idea.

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    Alaina {Fabtastic Eats} — January 30, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    holy moly. this mac and cheese. Ive been waiting for this since you posted it on insta! the flavors..gah it sounds so amazing!

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    Cookin Canuck — January 30, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    I am giggling at your 20-something story. That sounds all too familiar. Well, minus the football shaped cake. This looks like macaroni and cheese to beat all other mac and cheeses!

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — January 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Brandy, Happy early birthday!! White Zin and falling asleep on the recliner . . love it! OK dude, I want a super cheesy party in my mouth. . can I come over on Sunday?!

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    Jerry — January 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I so want this right now. But I think I’d add a ton of caramelized onions to the top and let then get all gorgeous and bubbly too.

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    Bea — January 30, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Now what time did you say your birthday / Super Bowl party starts?! Your beer bratwurst Mac and cheese looks absolutely out of this world. Absolutely delicious!!!

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    Tori@Gringalicious.com — January 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    This is a mighty yummy way to do macaroni. Mac and beer are a match made in heaven. Yum!!!!

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    valmg @ From Val's Kitchen — January 30, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I’ve never had pretzels on mac and cheese before. I bet the texture is interesting!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — January 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I can’t tell you how much I love mac and cheese. What a delicious version of it. This is a new one for me!

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    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog — January 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Now this is a MANS mac and cheese! Love everything about this, the beer brats , the pretzels, the cheese…. I absolutely need to make this!

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    Sherri@The Well Floured Kitchen — January 30, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I love all of the flavors going on here, but that pretzel crust is brilliant! This Mac and cheese rocks!

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    Jenny B @ Honey and Birch — January 30, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    This recipe makes me want to make mac and cheese right now! I think I’ll get to your party by halftime 😉

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    Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop — February 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I love mac and cheese. I love brats. And I love beer. Why not put them all together?

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — February 1, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I have no words…. this looks so awesome!

    Also, pink wine from a box is totally an acceptable way to get through (<– can you tell I'm nota football fan?) the Superbowl. No shame.

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    Melissa from HungryFoodLove.com — February 2, 2015 at 6:54 am

    This is just the macaroni of my hubby’s dreams. Making it for him soon.

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    Meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — February 2, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Food and commercials is what brings me to watching Super bowl! And if this was serving I would be there in a heart beat!

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    Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — February 2, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Crumbly cheesy goodness! I don’t think it gets much better than this!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — February 3, 2015 at 8:50 am

    This recipe is a prime example why you’re one of my favorite food bloggers, Brandy! You speak to my foodie loving heart!!!

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