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Toasted Pecan Clusters (Makes 80 clusters)

These candy clusters are a “chocolate lovers” dream. The secret to such mouth-watering success is toasting the pecans. For Christmas, or any other time of year, these are the finest of food gifts from your kitchen.

2 tablespoons butter
2 and 1/2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
1 pound chocolate candy coating (I like to use a blend or 1/2 pound milk chocolate candy coating and 1/2 pound dark semisweet chocolate coating)

1. Put butter on jelly roll pan and put in preheated 300 degree oven. Heat 5-7 minutes until melted.

2. When butter is melted toss with chopped pecans.

3. Toast in preheated 300 degree oven 10-15 minutes, stirring several times until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and cool.

4. In 2- quart microwave-safe measurer put candy coating. Melt on 50% power in the microwave oven 3-4 minutes, stirring every minute.

5. Stir in cooled toasted pecans.

6. Drop by teaspoonfuls of chocolate covered pecans onto waxed paper.

7. Chill until set.

Nutritional information per cluster
57 calories, 5 grams fat, 1 gram protein, 4 grams carbohydrate, 0grams fiber, 2 milligrams cholesterol, 5 milligrams sodium