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spicy pecan praline caramel

★★★★★ 2
a recipe by
Melissa Baldan
San Diego, CA

This salty & sweet Cajun inspired caramel will leave you craving more!

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Wow, this homemade caramel is fantastic! It's chewy with little bits of crackers throughout. There's a nutty flavor from the pecans with just the right amount of heat from the cayenne. Drizzled with chocolate, these are addictive.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 2
prep time 5 Min
cook time 4 Hr 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For spicy pecan praline caramel

  • 1 1/2 c
    heavy cream
  • 2 tsp
    vanilla extract, pure
  • 1 tsp
    coarse sea salt
  • 2 stick
  • 1 tsp
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 stick
    unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 c
    light corn syrup
  • 2 c
    granulated sugar
  • 1 c
    pecans, halved
  • 1
    sleeve Ritz crackers, coarsely crumbled
  • 1 c
    semi-sweet chocolate chips

How To Make spicy pecan praline caramel

  • Crushed crackers in a baking dish covered with foil.
    Prepare an 8.5x8.5 glass baking dish with foil sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Crumble a sleeve of Ritz Hint of Salt crackers, coarsely, into the bottom of the foil. Set aside.
  • Cream, butter, salt, vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne pepper in a saucepan.
    Over medium-high heat, bring to boil cream, 4 Tbsp butter, salt, vanilla, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Remove from heat once butter is melted, cover and set aside.
  • Sugar and corn syrup in a saucepan.
    In medium saucepan combine sugar and corn syrup until well mixed. Over medium-high heat, cook sugar mixture, without stirring, until melted.
  • Cream mixture added to sugar mixture.
    Once sugar has melted insert candy thermometer and stir very occasionally, until sugar reaches 330 degrees. Remove from heat. Remove lid from cream mixture and remove cinnamon sticks. Add all of the cream to sugar mixture and mix thoroughly.
  • Butter and pecans incorporated.
    Once cream is fully incorporated into sugar return to medium-high heat and cook until it reaches 250 degrees. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 4 Tbsp butter and pecans. Pour into prepared pan and let it set up for 3-4 hours.
  • Cooled caramel removed from foil.
    Once the caramel has completely set, remove from pan and invert to remove the foil.
  • Chocolate drizzled over caramel.
    Melt chocolate chips in microwave or double broiler. Drizzle melted chocolate over caramel. Allow chocolate to set up.
  • A tray of Spicy Pecan Praline Caramel.
    Cut into bite size (or bigger) pieces and ENJOY!