Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 10 mins

A holiday tradition, we make these for gifts for family and friends every year.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spread pecan halves on a cookie sheet and toast for 5 minutes, stirring once.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
Most Helpful

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.

Steph/Feltongirl December 03, 2011

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]

Sydney Mike July 27, 2011

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!

Greeny4444 October 02, 2010