Pecan Caramel Crispies

June 24, 2011

in American,Cookies,Recipes

Pecan Caramel Crispies

You know, I really should have named these “Barter” Caramel Crispies, instead of Pecan Caramel Crispies.

In case you find yourself thinking, “what in the world is this girl talking about”. Let me take a few steps back and explain.

About a month ago I decided I was completely fed up with my hand-me-down mouse, which kept freezing up on me (becoming unresponsive) and thought it was time to do something about it. Keep in mind, I had been dealing with this freezing-up mouse behavior for at least a couple of months prior to this point.

When it comes to spending money I think most of us probably have somewhat of a split personality which, loosely translates into something I’d like to call selective efficient consuming.

Pecan Crispies ready for the oven...

For example I love to drive —nice fast cars, especially. So, if I was to be given the choice between buying a pair of Louboutin’s a month or driving a car of a comparable monthly price tag, I would immediately go for the car. Wait… no, strike that. Perhaps, shoes and cars are a bad example to compare against, because I happen to love them both.

Oh, I’ve got it! A much better example would be the choice between a new expensive handbag a month vs. a car payment of a comparable amount. This choice would be a no brainier for me —nice fast car all the way!

As you can infer from the above, computer mice fall into the “expensive handbag” category for me. Therefore rather then spending money on a new mouse I thought it would be a great opportunity to take advantage of my baking skills and see if I could barter a baked good for a new mouse instead.

Well, after putting a few feelers out there, I got a taker! The deal was made, the trade took place, and now I no longer have to worry about my mouse freezing up in the middle of something. Plus, the money I saved from the barter can be used to help fuel my lunchtime Starbucks habit. Yes, I know… I have issues. ;)

Pecan Caramel Crispies

Here’s to thinking out of the box…

Whether it’s by bartering, or tossing in some rice krispies into your next cookie batter!

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Pecan Caramel Crispies
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 cup Rice Krispies, plus more for rolling cookies
  • ½ cup dulce de leche, warm (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
  2. Cream butter and confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl with a an electric mixer on medium speed. Add egg yolk, vanilla, and salt; mix well. Gradually add flour; mix just until combined.
  3. Stir in pecans with a wooden spoon until combined. Carefully stir in 1 cup of rice krispies.
  4. Portion batter with a cookie scoop (approx. 1 tablespoon), roll into remaining rice krispies and place on prepared cookie sheet spacing them 1-2 inches apart.
  5. Bake for 10-13 minutes, or until light and golden brown. Do not overbake. Allow cookies to cool 5 minutes.
  6. Place dulce de leche into a small plastic bag, pastry bag, or squirt bottle and drizzle over cookies. Allow dulce de leche to cool.
  7. Store cookies in a sealable container.


What are some of your selective efficient consuming habits? I’d love to hear them!

Pecan Caramel CrispiesPecan caramel Crispies

Other Pecan Cookie Recipes:

Pecan Sandies with Caramel Filling from Ceramic Canvas
Butter Brickle and Pecan Cookies from The Recipe Girl
Butterscotch Pecan Cookies from Perry’s Plate
Pecan Pie Cookies from The Nerds Wife

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa June 24, 2011 at 5:26 am

I like your new term…interesting…=) Perfect tea time!


2 Ken│hungry rabbit June 24, 2011 at 7:56 am

These are simply the perfect texture of crunch and chewy. You are so clever. Don’t mind if I eat the entire batch.


3 juliana June 24, 2011 at 8:41 am

por dios! q cosa mas rica! las voy a tener q probar!


4 Katrina June 24, 2011 at 9:41 am

These look really different! Love the idea. Yum!


5 Junia @ Mis Pensamientos June 24, 2011 at 9:02 pm

what a creative rendition on the traditional rice krispy and cookie! love it! :D


6 Natalie June 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Thanks so much for linking up to my post! These cookies sound so creative and delicious. Your photos are fantastic as well!


7 Sally - My Custard Pie June 24, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Now what can I offer you in exchange for some of these? (afraid I can’t stretch to Louboutins)


8 sara @CaffeIna June 24, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hey, every girl has priorities right? I love the idea of bartering in order to keep us in line. And I’d love to try this crispies treats. Needless to say that the caramel on top is just the final perfect touch.


9 Prathima Rao June 25, 2011 at 3:40 am

These crispies are worth the trade….every bite!!!!! They are picture perfect!!!
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner


10 Cassie @ Bake Your Day June 25, 2011 at 6:22 am

Love this recipe…awesome twist on an old favorite!


11 Maureen June 26, 2011 at 6:29 am

These are lovely! No wonder the barter went well. :)


12 sippitysup June 26, 2011 at 8:59 am

It’s been way too long since I have been by here. It’s not like I am on a diet. GREG


13 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts June 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm

These look so light and delicious! Great use of Rice Krispies!


14 michele June 27, 2011 at 6:03 pm

The kids like Rice Crispy treats and would like these.


15 Sandra June 27, 2011 at 8:01 pm

What a yummy treat and a nice take on Rice Crispy Treats.


16 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 28, 2011 at 2:39 am

Ha! They got the better end of the deal with a batch of cookies like that as payment! :-) I’ve got to try this whole bartering for food thing.


17 Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets June 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

Haha you’re a smart lady. I need to use my baking for awesome purposes like that, too. Puttin my thinkin cap on! These definitely look worth a new mouse…or 2!


18 carrie June 29, 2011 at 11:44 am

wow, that a neat way to kick rice krisipe treats up a few notches. They look so tastee. I’m gonna have to try these out on my kids. I’m sure they wont mind ;)


19 Lucia July 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

hey, I wonder if I can omit the pecan in this recipe? :( pecan is too expensive for me to buy in my country, and I think peanuts won’t have the same drool factor as pecan… can you suggest me please?


20 Daydreamer Desserts July 23, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Hi Lucia, You certainly can substitute the pecans for peanuts. I would also suggest walnuts as an alternative. -Josie


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