Salted Pecan Crack Toffee : Warning! Highly Addictive

I’m a big fan of edible gifting.

There’s something wonderful about giving/receiving something made at home with love… that you can tear the wrapping off and devour.

It avoids the awkwardness of buying pressies for those you don’t know intimately, you can make lots in one go, and it’s easy on the wallet too!

In years gone by I’ve gone for my old fail safes of Chocolate Salty Balls & smashed Chocolate Avalanche, all tied up in pretty wrapping. But this year I fancy something a little different.

I know, I know it’s WAY too early to be thinking about Christmas… but it’s never too early to start experimenting, especially when it means you end up with the most unbelievable nibbles to work your way through.

As always I’ve tried to keep things as simple as possible. It’s a quick and easy recipe that yields the most unbelievably moreish salted caramel brittle, peppered with hunks of crunchy pecans.

It’s perfect for popping into little piles and wrapping up as gifts.

Even better for shoving in a cake tin and keeping all to yourself.

I’m going to warn you now: This stuff is fully addictive. Once you’re hooked you will be a slave to it. You will stop at nothing to get your next slab. This is not a recipe for the faint of heart!

You’ll need:

200g Pecans

200g Caster sugar

100g Butter

6tbsp Water

Sprinkle flaked sea salt

Add your sugar, butter and water to a large heavy bottomed saucepan on a medium heat.

Stir gently until it all dissolves/melts.

Turn the heat up high and bubble away.

Be very careful here, you don’t want any dogs/kids/friends bumping into you. This stuff burns like hell.

Stir very gently now and then to make sure the bottom doesn’t burn.

Butter/oil/grease a smooth surface and spread out your pecans (or swap for another option if you like! I’m nut going to tie you down to pecans.)

Keep a close eye on your toffee. It will quite suddenly go from golden to a bronze. As soon as it does, carefully pour over your nuts.

Let it cool for 10 seconds, then sprinkle with flaked salt (not table salt, has to be flaked).

Make sure it’s evenly distributed and not clumped together in places.

Leave to cool for 10mins, or until rock solid.

At which time it’s absolutely compulsory you break into song.

This one to be exact:

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Twirl your way across the kitchen. Grab your rolling pin (or heavy blunt object).

Slam it down onto your toffee.

Repeat until you’re left with a number of manageable shards.

And you’re done.

Package it up or pop into a sealed box.

It’ll keep for about a week.

But once you’ve tried it, there’s no way it’ll last that long. You have been warned!

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  • oh my gosh! I’m definitely going to be making some of this, not sure how many I’ll be able to give away though.Love how easy your recipes are Rosie!

    Ella xx

  • Malu

    Such a good idea!!! loved the recipe, the photos, the text, everything!! i love your blog!
    xxx from Argentina, Malu

  • Wow I always thought this was super hard to make! I love how your recipes are accessible to everyone πŸ™‚


  • Shade of Red Blog

    Oh Rosie, you should publish a book of your recipes!

  • I’ve seen something like that years ago in one of Nigella Lawson’s book and I loved it

  • Looks delicious!

  • oh I’m literally drooling Rosie! Need these!


  • This looks so incredible, and easy! I definitely feel ill be adding things to this and loving it for christmas baking!

  • I bought my bags & ribbon to make Xmas edibles last week – was planning to make your Chocolate Avalanche & some peppermint creams – now I’m adding this to the list (after I make a batch for myself first!!!!!). Looks so moorish Rosie.

    Hugs xoxo

  • Hahahaha Oh man. That song is AMAZING. And now stuck in my head—solid. solid as a rock!

    This looks ridiculously delicious. I don’t know if it would make it to the point of giving it as a gift. That would take restraint I don’t possess.

    Thanks for the awesome recipe!!
    xx, Hailey

  • Oh wow! This is such an easy bake! MUST try this! I can imagine this being such a gorgeous gift if it’s wrapped up in cellophane with a beautiful ribbon around it! X

  • Such a fab idea! Looks like it would be so quick as well, so perfect for making presents when you’ve only got an evening to spare πŸ™‚ xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  • I love pecans and toffee so this would be gone in .5 seconds in my house! Great gift idea πŸ™‚

  • Geena

    This looks absolutely amazing! I bet it would look great together in a bag with your chocolate avalanche!

  • These look amazing. I think I’d undergo the whole process just to hear the resounding first crack of breaking up the toffee! Here’s to homemade gift-giving!

  • Emma F

    Oh Rosie, this looks incredible! I am such a salted caramel fiend, I’ll have to link this to my sister as a *subtle* hint πŸ˜‰

  • Leanne

    That looks insane, I will definitely be making some to go with my pizza party this week! >:D xx

  • Edible gifts definitely make the best gifts.
    Especially when they’re homemade – love seeing how people react when they realise you made it all by yourself just for them! x

  • Hahaha love the song choice. Delicious idea for a gift, thanks! Tash x

  • This looks crazy good. Perfect for Christmas gifts, I’m going to buy some cellophane and ribbon especially for this recipe. My godparents will love it!
    Rosie x

  • Absolutely my type of thing! Looks super yummy!

  • Bethany Youngs

    Having been singstar champ singing solid I think it is imperative that I make and sing this recipe!
    Looking forward to homemade gifts this year!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    I’m with you on edible gifting, thank you for this recipe!! My trousers won’t appreciate but I sure do!

  • saradujour

    That looks delicious!

    Sara |

  • Looks so good!

  • I love making various types of nut brittle, too. As you say, it’s a perfect little present for someone who has everything! If you want to add another layer of flavor to this, though, I would actually suggest toasting the nuts in the oven, or in a hot pan. πŸ™‚ Especially with pecans and hazelnuts, toasting REALLY brings out their lovely, nutty flavor, and takes care of any bitterness the nuts might have. Just a little tip!

  • this looks delicious! a posh alternative to peanut brittle – my Nan’s specialty.

  • Omg, this looks delicious. I’m afraid to try it and become a slave xD That usualy happens to me. Some control issues going on with some foods πŸ˜›

  • Looks awesome!! So and now… how do I get rid of this song in my head! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • This looks delicious! I make a version that involves a thick layer of dark chocolate on top… Drool… Great post!

  • Looks amazing! πŸ™‚

  • PJ

    This looks SO good, Rosie! This would make perfect present for co-workers!


  • Gabriella Granata

    Scrumptious! I made candied walnuts with coffee last year and they were highly addictive. Will most definitely be giving this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

  • I’m definitely going to give this as a gift…to myself πŸ˜‰

  • Emma and Emily

    This is right up my Dads street! Will be making some of this for him this weekend I’m sure!

  • rachel harris

    wowee! This looks incredible! This would make such a nice Christmas Gift, thank you for sharing this wonderful recipie! Rachel x

  • Definitely not too early to start discussing Christmas pressies… the Starbucks red cups are out, holiday music is a’playin in stores, and it is merry, merry, merry!! (And also, my bank account would appreciate the spreading out of present purchasing anywhoooo)

  • Caroline Schurman-Grenier

    Hmmmm looks amazing but I would try adding some maple syrup in there. There is nothing better than the taste of maple syrup and pecans. Yes I’m Canadian, but it’s just a fact of life.

  • georgia.

    My Mums birthday is next week so you’ve just provided the recipe for a perfect ‘stocking filler’. Hopefully she’ll share πŸ™‚ or maybe I’ll just have to do some taste testing to make sure it’s up to scratch :p can’t give anything less than perfect to Mum

  • Oooh, yum! I’m definitely going to try this! I am awful at buying presents so this is my year of DIY. Hopefully this works!

  • Oh awesome! I will be trying this… it looks simply delightful. (:

  • Ive never thought of making edible gifts, its such a good idea!! Thanks you just saved me from buying awkward presents for people i dont know too well πŸ™‚

  • Adaleta Avdic

    Looks like a lovely recipe that I could actually make. Shocking since I am certainly NOT a chef!

    xx, Ada

  • kyomi richards

    You always make the most incredible looking treats and I’m feeling the Christmassy vibes with this too! I’m definitely going to give this one a go! x

  • Peppermint Dolly

    This looks great Rosie, I love giving homemade gifts around Christmas time, so this could make a great addition to the usual range I give out!! πŸ™‚


  • This looks absolutely delicious! Such a great idea to give edibles as a gift- can never go wrong!


  • Looks amazing!!!!

  • Maisie

    This looks amaing! Will definitely be making these!

  • Jessica James Warner

    This is so good I just need to make this asap!!!

  • This looks RIDICULOUS. Straight onto my to do list.


  • Sofie Eriksson

    Mmm they do this with almonds at the Spanish markets, sooo delicious!

  • This looks heavenly! And so easy too!

  • Chrissabella

    Such a lovely idea and love the amazing pictures!

  • looks sooooo good! Cannot wait to give this a go, the kiddos will love me for it, so Thank You!

  • Isabelle May Jackson

    Ive just made this… Omg. Seriously guys- it’s good. Thank you so much! I have a feeling my friends are going to be getting a lot of this this Christmas <3

  • Sally May

    I’ve just made this Rosie and hubby is chomping his way through them at the moment!! All I can hear is crunch, crunch, crunch! They are delicious!!!! Thanks for another fab recipe. x

  • Kira Elste

    What a lovely gift!

  • Angela Kwashie

    I want to eat my screen now now now! You have inspired me to use this recipe to decorate my pumpkin cake for thanksgiving dinner next week.

    Angie x x x

    Instagram: @angie.cakes

  • Beth Clark

    I made this tonight for a wine party; it was a ginormous hit!! Thanks!

  • Emma McLeod

    this looks absolutely delicious and should probably never make it, as i won’t stop and gain several pounds. don’t think that’s going to stop me though. it looks so pretty to and can easily imagine it as a gift.

  • Lucie Robinson

    I absolitely adore your blog, truly am a massive fan! I just posted a new healthy Chrsitmas cookie recipe on my own blog. They’re so delicious but yet so good for you, definitely worth a look.x