Total TimePrep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
Makesabout 1 pound (8 servings)
- 2-3/4 cups pecan halves
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Place pecans in a shallow baking pan in a 250° oven for 10 minutes or until warmed. Grease a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside.
- Grease the sides of a large heavy saucepan with remaining butter; add sugar, water, salt and cinnamon. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Cover; cook 2 minutes to dissolve any sugar crystals that may form on the sides of pan.
- Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Stir in warm pecans until evenly coated.
- Spread onto prepared baking pan. Bake at 250° for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Spread on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet to cool.
Test Kitchen Tips
Editor's NoteWe recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Nutrition Facts2 ounce-weight: 380 calories, 30g fat (4g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 177mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 4g fiber), 3g protein.
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Nov 22, 2018
My husband is a fan of candied nuts, and they are so expensive in the store I decided to see if it would be too difficult to make my own. These are MUCH better than what you buy in the store, and not too tough to make. My husband ate so many he tole me to never make them again because he cannot control himself. Then a week later asked me to make them again. The most difficult part (for me) was gauging the soft ball stage, since I didn't have a candy thermometer, so I had to use the cold water method. My husband and I loved these so much I decided to get a candy thermometer for the next time I made them - which was for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I am positive the family will be thrilled.
Nov 7, 2018
OH.MY.GOSH! These are THE BEST! Five stars don’t even come close to measuring how good these really are, and easy to make too! I don’t even like pecans, but I’m hooked.
Sep 30, 2018
This recipe is almost the same one my sister gave me almost 25 years ago when she lived in Texas. It's absolutely fabulous as well as addicting. Her recipe said when spreading out to cool, separate with a fork so they don't clump together. The problem I'm finding these past couple years is the cost of pecans. Even at Walmart, they are cost prohibitive in Minnesota. I need four lbs to satisfy kids and grandkids and that amounts to over $50.
Aug 18, 2017
I had lost my mother in-laws recipe for sugared walnuts so I have been Looking for a goo recipe to sugar nuts. My 83 yr old Aunt request that I make them for her several times a year. I cannot tell you how much she liked these and asked for more. I just wanted to Thank Opal Turner for submitting this recipe. She has made my Aunt very happy and I really appreciate it. THANK YOU!!!!!!!
May 27, 2016
I made this recipe to include in the "Welcome to Savannah" gift bags for our daughter's wedding. All I say is I have given the recipe to over a dozen guests who just couldn't get enough of this tasty treat. It was first made for her Savannah themed bridal shower .... and now I am forever hooked!! I promise, this recipe is totally worth the expense and time involved. I bought the pecan halves at Costco for a better value.
Nov 23, 2015
I made these yesterday, and I can't stop eating them! Perfectly spiced with just the right amount of sweetness (although I have Saigon Cinnamon which is a little more potent). Easy to make. I put some around the pumpkin pie as a decoration. I will be making this again...maybe even this weekend.
Jan 20, 2015
Loved this recipe!! I doubled the cinnamon as suggested in other reviews and my goodness it's delicious!! Will be great in my salads or as a sweet snack!!
Nov 9, 2012
Oh my, now I need only Diamond of Cali pecans? i guess i can't make them huh?
Dec 18, 2011
These are delicious! I can't wait to try them with some ice cream, but they are great by themselves too! I do think they need a little bit more cinnamon than the recipe calls for, but that is just my personal preference. I got after mixing the nuts with the sugar mixture because it looks nothing like the picture and the nuts were all stuck together. However, after it baked in the oven, the nuts were easy to separate and the sugar coating started to get crunchy. I did not have waxed paper, so I just left them on the cookie sheet to cool, and they turned out just fine.
Aug 1, 2010
These are amazing. My home now smells like Christmas....in July. Will make again.