Toffee with Pecans and Pumpkin Spice

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This easy toffee gets an autumn twist with pecans and a hint of pumpkin spice. It’s perfect for fall gift giving or just to nibble as a special treat.

Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee
Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee

25 years ago, my friend Rita gave me her aunt’s English Toffee recipe. The best part was that you didn’t have to use a candy thermometer, which is sometimes daunting. Her recipe called for cooking the sugar and butter exactly 15 minutes, until it looked like “golden caramel”.

Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee

I made it for many years for holiday gifts. Then, about a dozen years ago, I misplaced the recipe and forgot how delicious and easy it was. A local candy maker sells various flavors of toffee and when I tasted hers, I decided to try and replicate the recipe. I tossed some pumpkin pie spice just as the toffee had turned deep golden color, and this toffee with pumpkin spice was born.

Pumpkin spice pecan toffee is an easy candy recipe that brings together pumpkin spice, chocolate, and crunchy nuts into a simple homemade toffee.

You can tailor the toffee recipe to your own taste, using milk, semi-sweet or dark chocolate, and walnuts or pecans. The only tricky bit with making candy is the weather. It’s best to make it on a cool, dry day. Humidity can ruin a candy recipe. Use a candy thermometer for absolute accuracy. The sugar must reach a temperature of  between 305-315 degrees F. to achieve “hard crack”. Line a baking sheet with greased parchment, aluminum foil or a silpat, silicone baking mat (my personal favorite). Coarsely chop and lightly toast nuts, sprinkle over baking sheet.

toasted pecansPour hot sugar mixture over nuts. It should look just about like this, deep-golden brown. The thermometer should read between 305-315 degrees F.

making homemade toffeeWait 3-5 minutes or so, then sprinkle chocolate chips or chopped chocolate over hot toffee. After chips have softened and become shiny, spread chocolate over toffee.

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Pecan ToffeeSprinkle chopped nuts over toffee. Refrigerate until hard.Pumpkin spice pecan toffee is an easy candy recipe that brings together pumpkin spice, chocolate, and crunchy nuts into a simple homemade toffee.

Break into bite sized pieces and store in an airtight container.

Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee doesn’t need to be refrigerated after it’s set.

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Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee

Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee

This pumpkin spice toffee with pecans can be made with semi-sweet, milk or dark chocolate. Makes about 2 pounds.
5 from 1 vote
Course Candy
Cuisine American
Servings 2 pounds



  • Line a 10" x 15" jelly roll pan with a silicon baking mat, or butter the bottom of the pan.
  • Spread 1 1/2 cups toasted pecans over baking sheet.
  • Clip a candy thermometer on large, heavy bottomed sauce pan. Over medium heat, bring butter, sugar, salt and water to a boil. Continue cooking, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until temperature reaches between 305 degrees F. and 315 degrees F. Keep an eye on it as it can quickly burn. Remove from heat and stir in pumpkin spice.
  • Carefully pour mixture over toasted nuts, spreading with a spatula to cover nuts.
  • Wait a few minutes then sprinkle chocolate over hot toffee, letting it melt. Use a spatula to spread chocolate over toffee.
  • Sprinkle 1/2 cup finely chopped and toasted nuts over warm chocolate and refrigerate until hard.
  • Break toffee into pieces.
  • Toffee does not need to be refrigerated once it has set.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Another pumpkin spice recipe you might enjoy:

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Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee. Perfect for autumn!
Pumpkin Spice Pecan Toffee. Perfect for autumn!

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  1. This looks SO GOOD! So many great flavors. It’s good to know it’s best to make on a cool, dry day. I did not realize humidity could be a factor.

  2. I love making toffee. My husband really appreciates the homemade candy and I think toffee is really easy. Thanks for this recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious! The recipe doesn’t say what to do with the 1 tsp of salt, so I assume it went in the toffee mixture over the heat? Trying next time with pumpkin seeds and some fresher pumpkin pie spice! Note to self: buy new every fall!

5 from 1 vote

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