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How to Make Chocolate Covered Pecans

These chocolate covered pecans make a delicious addition to any snack or dessert table at any time of year. This pecan recipe is one of the easiest but yummiest snacks I make.

2 plates of chocolate covered pecans

Serve them during the holidays or any time you want to offer a sweet treat for your family and friends. They’re a great snack for those times when you want something sweet without too much fuss.

Variety of Ways to Make Chocolate Covered Pecans

I also like the fact that you can make them with dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or even white chocolate. Or you can add a caramel layer to make chocolate turtles.

Serve them by themselves or with other desserts. I like to offer a variety of pecan dishes, such as these roasted pecans or these just-sweet-enough candied pecans.

Chocolate-covered pecans make a great gift. Put them in a plastic bag and tie a festive ribbon around them.

It’s an awesome thing to see the appreciative expressions on people’s faces when they realize that you spent a little extra time doing something special for them.

If you like pecans, you’ll also enjoy these Rolo pretzel turtles. It’s an easy recipe that’s also quite impressive. 

Chocolate Covered Pecans Ingredients

You don’t need many ingredients to make this delicious treat. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pecan halves
  • Chocolate chips (any flavor)
  • Coconut oil (or heavy cream)
  • Teaspoon of sea salt (optional)
pecans, coconut oil, and chocolate chips

I prefer semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you can make this recipe with milk chocolate or even low-carb chocolate if you like.

You can also use full-fat cream in place of the coconut oil. It still tastes just as good, so use whatever you have on hand.

You’ll need one or two baking sheets, a microwave-safe bowl, and either wax or parchment paper. It’s nice to also have tongs or a slotted spoon for dipping or immersing the pecans.

Or you can use a double boiler to melt the chocolate. This takes longer, but the results are just as good.

I love the fact that you don’t need a candy thermometer to make this.

For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.

Directions for Making Chocolate Covered Pecans

First preheat your oven to 325. 

Put the pecan pieces on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast them for 8 minutes.

pecan halves on a baking sheet

This brings out the rich nutty flavor of the pecans. I usually try a few of these toasted pecans … because I can’t resist. They’re so good!

Remove the pecans from the oven and allow them to cool at room temperature. 

Cover a baking sheet with waxed paper or parchment paper. You can either use the same cookie sheet you used to roast the pecans, but it needs to be cooled to room temperature first. Set it aside.

Pour the chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and add the coconut oil. I used a medium-size bowl, but if you want to double this recipe, use a large bowl.

chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl

Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir the chips and coconut oil.

Return to the microwave and heat for another 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until all of the chips have melted. Make sure to mix the coconut oil with the chocolate.

stirring melting chocolate

If you choose to melt the chocolate in the top of a double boiler, it’s essential to stir often to keep the texture smooth.

Using tongs, pick up each pecan and dip it into the chocolate.

using tongs to dip pecan into chocolate

Dip half of each pecan (or more) in the chocolate.

Place the chocolate dipped pecans on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.

placing chocolate covered pecans on baking sheet

Continue until all of the nuts are coated.

If you want to add some sea salt, lightly sprinkle it over the coated pecans before the chocolate has set.

Allow the chocolate to set for an hour at room temperature or 15 minutes in the refrigerator.

Faster Option

If you don’t want to take the time to dip each pecan into the chocolate with tongs, you can use a slotted spoon.

Using a slotted spoon to coat pecans with chocolate

The best way to do this is to drop a handful of pecans into the chocolate and lift them out in spoonfuls. 

Allow the excess chocolate to drip from the slotted spoon before spreading them out on the parchment paper.

Typically, chocolate-dipped pecans have some of the pecan exposed, while the ones that are fully immersed in the chocolate hide most of the nut.

This picture shows the dipped pecans.

Individually dipped pecans with chocolate

This is a much messier (and not as pretty) way of doing it, but it’s also quicker.

And if you’re making them for a lot of people, it’s the easiest way.

You can see how messy they look on the pan. But after you pick them up and put them into bowls, they look much better.

chocolate covered pecans on a baking sheet

It really doesn’t matter which way you choose to finish this chocolate pecans recipe, though, because they taste wonderful either way.

Other Chocolate-Dipped Nuts

You don’t have to use pecans for this great recipe that’s super versatile. In fact, if you have peanuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, or any other type of nut, use those.

I just happen to have pecans in my freezer most of the time. You never know when the baking urge will strike, and I love pecans.

I also like the fact that most of the time you can find pecans in the grocery store. Also look for whatever they have on sale. If you see a package of walnuts or any of your other favorite nuts on sale, grab those.

How to Serve Chocolate Covered Pecans

I typically put these delicious treats in bowls. However, there are so many different ways to enjoy them.

2 plates of chocolate covered pecans

Here are a few:

  • Top a scoop of your favorite ice cream with a handful of them.
  • Use them to decorate the top of a cake.
  • When you make cupcakes, top each one with a chocolate covered pecan.
  • Instead of coating them yourself, put the chocolate in a fondue pot and let each person dip their own into the candy coating.

How to Store Chocolate Covered Pecans

If you have any leftover pecans, you can keep them for up to a week. 

You’ll need an airtight container and wax paper or parchment paper to separate the layers.

Put them in the refrigerator to keep the chocolate from melting. You can leave them out, but if you have a heater that blows on them, you might wind up with a big mess. I know this from experience.

Chocolate covered pecans in various stages of the recipe with 2 plates of chocolate covered pecans

More Delicious Chocolate Desserts

This simple recipe for yummy chocolate pecans isn’t the only chocolate dessert I make. Here are some more you might enjoy:

Chocolate Fudge

Mint Chocolate Brownies

Mini Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Chocolate Peanut Butter Moose Munch

Sweetened Condensed Milk Chocolate Pie (from Back to My Southern Roots)

Chocolate Caramel Pecan Bars

plate of chocolate covered pecans

How to Make Chocolate Covered Pecans

Yield: 12 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Make these easy and delicious chocolate covered pecans for any special occasion or get-together with friends.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups of pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or whatever flavor you prefer)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon of sea salt (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 325˚ F. Place the pecans on a baking sheet in a single layer. Roast them for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, pour them into a bowl, and allow them to cool.
  2. Place a sheet of wax paper over a baking sheet. You can use the same baking sheet as the one you roasted the pecans in as long as it has cooled to room temperature.
  3. Combine the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds. Stir.
  4. Repeat until all of the chocolate chips have melted.
  5. Using tongs, pick up each pecan and dip it into the melted chocolate. 
  6. Place the dipped pecans on the wax paper. Continue to do this until all of the nuts are coated and placed on the baking sheet.
  7. Set the baking sheet in the coolest part of your kitchen and allow the chocolate to set for about an hour. Or you may place it in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

Notes

If you prefer, you can melt the chocolate in a double boiler.

For fully covered pecans, use a slotted spoon to immerse the nuts in the chocolate. Stir pecan halves into the chocolate. Remove them with the slotted spoon and allow the excess chocolate to drip back into the bowl. Separate pecan halves and place them on the covered baking sheet.

If you want sea salt, sprinkle it over the melted chocolate after you coat the pecans.

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 175Total Fat 17gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 12gCholesterol 0mgSodium 177mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 2gSugar 5gProtein 2g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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