READY IN: 32mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

Southern Living; I make these every Christmas and they bring down the house everytime.

Top Review by Jillian L

This is one of my dad's favorites so I had to give it a try. I followed your directions exactly and they turned out beautifully. Very sweet and creamy, not at all grainy. A wonderful crunch from the pecans. Dad says they are as good as his mom used to make. The highest of all compliments. Thank you Nurse Di for sharing your recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring mixture constantly.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6-8 minutes, or until a candy thermometer registers 236 degrees (soft ball stage).
  3. Remove mixture from heat, and add butter (do not stir).
  4. Let stand until candy thermometer reaches 150 degrees.
  5. Stir in pecans and vanilla, using a wooden spoon, and stir constantly until candy begins to thicken.
  6. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls, working rapidly, onto wax paper.
  7. Let stand until firm.

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