Southern Cinnamon Sugared Pecans

"I found this recipe on a can of evaporated milk many years ago, and I make up many batches each year to take to parties and give as gifts at Christmas. These are wonderful."
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Ready In:
3 cups




  • In a large sauce pan over medium heat, combine evaporated milk, sugar, water and vanilla.
  • Heat mixture, stirring often, until sugar is dissolved.
  • Add cinnamon and stir. Some may float on top.
  • Add 3 cups of pecans to mixture and stir to cover.
  • Continue stirring pecans in mixture until pecans become coated well and mixture cooks away (gets absorbed/crystalized on the the pecans).
  • Spread hot coated pecans on wax paper; try to separate them as you spread them on the paper.
  • Let pecans cool completely.
  • Break apart pecans and store in air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
  • To give as gifts, put in decorative glass jars or decorative tins lined with wax paper.
  • NOTE: I've tried using brown sugar (1:1 with the white sugar), but the pecans have a tendency to come out sticky and the sugars don't get 'crystalized'. I have not tried these with turbinado or unbleached cane sugar yet. If they don't turn out right, I'll have to keep them for myself !

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  1. bizlas
    This is an EXCELLENT recipe! I have used this recipe (which comes on the back of the bulk pecans I buy at Sam's) at Holidays and everyone loves them! They go fast so definitely make 2 batches!!!
  2. rebacmclendon
    Thank you for posting this recipe. I had been looking for it for over 3 years. I lost this recipe, which was posted on a 2 pound of pecans out of Valdosta, Georgia. It's simple, delicious and makes a wonderful gift! Can you say, 'Yum Yum!'
  3. Cathleen P.
    Important to keep stirring. These are a family fav so easy to make.
  4. stephanie s.
    This is the Bestest Recipe Ever!!! My mom was born in New Orleans and when I was much younger, every Christmas that pecans were plentiful she would make these glorious pecans. Thank you for this recipe. It brings back great memories and has inspired me to start the tradition again.
  5. summerjoy6
    5 stars!! Looked everywhere for this recipe on stovetop,my oven not working correctly to roast nuts.These were better than any I've ever made.I was skeptical about the evaporated milk,but it was delicious.Thank you



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