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Candied Pecans

Course: Desserts
Author: Kristi


  • 3 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 the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Add sugar, water, salt and cinnamon and cook over low heat, stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved.
  • Turn heat to medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Cover and cook for 2 minutes to dissolve all sugar crystals.
  • Continue to cook (without stirring) until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage). Remove pan from the heat and add vanilla. Stir in warm pecans until evenly coated.
  • Spread pecans onto the prepared baking pan. Bake at 250° for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Remove and spread pecans onto a waxed paper-lined baking sheet to cool.
  • Serve!