Every year, I love making homemade gifts to give out during the Christmas season. It seems that the last few years have only brought more to do, so every single year I tell myself no more homemade gifts. And every single year I end up making them. There is just something so special about giving a gift made with love and care for your friends and family – especially when it tastes delicious!
So this year, instead of talking myself out of making yummy treats, I decided to change my method. In lieu of making confections that are time-consuming, I am sticking to a few quick tried and true recipes, like these super EASY CARAMEL COFFEE PECANS. You guys – these are seriously addictively delicious. They originated from a recipe I’ve adapted over the years out of my vintage 1966 Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies Cookbook. They do not disappoint! In fact, along with my chocolate toffee cracker candy, they are gone soooo fast! I love saving old Nescafe Instant Coffee jars because they make the perfect reusable gift jar – and because we have like a million of them since coffee is a major addiction in our household (you have to have some vice, right?) This year, I created a fun template that fits right on the jar. They can be printed and fixed to the jar with double sticky tape, or printed out on LABEL PAPER for super easy placement. A fine point WHITE SHARPIE is perfect to fill in the To and From sections. Click HERE to get the free printable template. Don’t have leftover coffee jars? Get yours HERE and pour the coffee into an airtight baggie until ready to use.
While this recipe isn’t the most sugar-free thing in the world, I love that the pecans help them shine above most candy. Pecans are loaded with more than 19 vitamins, healthy unsaturated fat, immune-boosting antioxidants and 10 percent of your daily fiber. One could even argue that a pecan might be able to replace your daily multivitamin. If I am going to indulge in something during the holiday season, having a little healthy bonus in the mix never hurts!
Do you have a favorite homemade treat during the Christmas season? If you like sweet holiday treats, check out these 12 awesome CHRISTMAS COOKIE PROTEIN OATMEAL recipes. They are my new favorite way to get the flavor of Christmas cookies – without all the guilt of eating cookies ;)
With much love from my table to yours,
Easy Caramel Coffee Pecans - with FREE Printable Label Template!
Looking for the perfect, easy homemade gift for the coffee lovers in your life? This delicious caramel coffee candy recipe will be the talk of Christmas for years to come!
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup cane sugar
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder I use NesCafe
- 10 cups pecan halves
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Bring sugar, sour cream and coffee to a boil. Heat to soft ball stage or 236 degrees F. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and pecans, stirring to coat pecans well. Turn pecans out on a surface coated with a non-stick baking mat or parchment paper, avoiding too much leftover syrup from draining onto the surface with pecans. Separate pecans apart with two forks into a flat layer. Let dry completely, approx 4-6 hours. Store in an airtight container in the fridge once they have dried. Enjoy!
Try not to spread too much syrup on the non-stick surface with pecans or it may significantly increase drying time. I like to give them plenty of space and air to dry for best results.
This. Label. I LOVE IT! This is something I would definitely eat too much of and not regret it. lol. I love pecans and sugar. MmmmMmmm
Looks fabulous. Will have to try this.
Thanks Gina! I hope you enjoy them!! It’s one of my favorite new DIY Christmas treats!
My father in law would LOVE these! I might have to make a batch for our Christmas Eve Brunch!
They are so addicting!! And great gift ideas for coffee lovers. I have a hard time staying out of them lol
I am drooling over these!! I LOVE the idea of realizing old Nescafé jars! That’s so perfect! These look wonderful and I’m sure anyone would be thrilled to get these as a gift!
Thank you Julie! Yes I am huge on reusing and recycling too! These jars are PERFECT for this treat since it’s coffee based, plus I don’t have to go out and buy more ;)