Prep 0 mins
Cook 10 mins
A holiday tradition, we make these for gifts for family and friends every year.
- 2 1⁄2 cups pecan halves
- 1⁄2 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Spread pecan halves on a cookie sheet and toast for 5 minutes, stirring once.
- While pecans are toasting, butter sides of a 2 quart saucepan. Combine water and next 3 ingredients in saucepan. Heat and stir until sugar dissolves and mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook while stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to soft ball stage (236 degrees). Remove from heat and beat by hand for 1 minute or until mixture begins to get creamy.
- Add vanilla and warm nuts to sugar mixture and spread on a cookie sheet. Acting quickly, use two forks to separate the pecans so that they do not clump together as they cool.
I think I did something wrong because the liquid never became creamy so I had this goopy, sticky mess. Added lots of sugar, brown sugar and flour to use up the stickiness. Afterwards they tasted great and VERY sweet! Will try another recipe.
Absolutely wonderful treat, especially for those of us who enjoy cinnamon & have a sweet tooth! I'm with the first reviewer & would be happy to make these during the winter holidays & share 'em then! Thanks for posting this very nice recipe! [Made & reviewed in the current All You Can Cook special]
These are so easy to make and they look so nice to give as a gift! I am definitely not an expert candy maker, and I was a little nervous about making the sugar mixture. I have a candy thermometer, but it didn't go down into the saucepan that I used. I pretty much mixed it constantly on medium heat (it was boiling) until the sugar had dissolved and it had thinkened significantly. I poured it all out onto the sheet that I toasted the pecans on, which was lined with a sheet of wax paper. I can see how these would be addicting if eaten alone. I am thinking of making these as gifts for the holidays this year, and I am also planning on chopping some further and sprinkling them on some pumpkin muffins when I bake this afternoon. Thanks for sharing this recipe!