Martha Washington Candy

Martha Washington Candy

Legend has it that the first First Lady was quite the cook, so as you might expect, this recipe for Martha Washington Candy is one of the best recipes for candy we've found. With the delicious tastes of buttery coconut, condensed milk and pecans, there's little room for improvement on this old-fashioned easy dessert recipe. Best of all, each scrumptious candy bite is dipped in chocolate to create the ultimate heavenly sweet. Add this to your collection of no bake dessert recipes because everyone loves this candy creation!

Cooking MethodNo Bake


  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 pounds confectioners sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 7 ounces coconut
  • 4 cups chopped pecans
  • chocolate, for dipping


  1. Mix all ingredients, except chocolate.
  2. Form into little balls and place on wax paper.
  3. Melt chocolate according to package instructions and dip balls into chocolate.
  4. Return to wax paper and let set until chocolate is hardened.



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You can call the candy anything you like, but my grandmother and great grandmother called it Martha Washington. I bet there is a great story behind that name. The candy is easy to make ands always a welcomed treat.

I made this year's ago and it was a big hit.....not hard to make .....and I love the name.......

This candy is probably tasty, but I doubt that Martha Washington had access to refined sugar, especially confectioner's sugar, and nobody had canned condensed milk. Vanilla would have been a real luxury, if it was available at all, so why is this called Martha Washington Candy?


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