Quicksmart Praline Pecan Clusters


Quicksmart Praline Pecan Clusters


  • ½ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • cup pecan halves
  • ¼ tsp coarse sea salt [plus add’l for sprinkling]
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1 tsp rum


  • Place all of the ingredients into a microwave bowl, reserving the vanilla until the end of cooking.
  • The bowl should be deep enough to allow the mixture to boil, without boiling over.
  • Cook in the microwave on high for 6½ minutes, stopping to stir halfway through.
  • The mixture will boil, so handle with care to avoid burning.
  • After 6½ minutes, stir well coating all of the pecans, then remove from the microwave.
  • The caramel should be thickened and beginning to form along the sides of the bowl.
  • If the caramel is still runny, don’t panic, it just needs to cook a bit longer.
  • Microwave in additional 1 minute increments.
  • Allow to cool on the counter for 15 seconds.
  • Mix in the vanilla and rum and stir well.
  • Use a teaspoon, tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to scoop onto buttered wax paper or a silpat.
  • Immediately sprinkle the tops with sea salt.


[This recipe is based on a 1000 Watt microwave. If your microwave has a lower wattage it may take longer to cook. Likewise, if the microwave has a higher wattage, less cooking time.]
Another technique to test the caramel: Drop a small amount into a glass of ice cold water. If it becomes firm and you can roll it into a ball between 2 fingers, it’s ready

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