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Candied Pecans

I pack these easy candied pecans in jars tied with pretty ribbon for family and friends. My granddaughter gave some to a doctor at the hospital where she works, and he said they were too good to be true! —Opal Turner, Hughes Springs, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 1 pound (8 servings)

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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
  • We like pecans but you can use almonds, too!
  • These candied nuts make great gifts.Try these food gift ideas, too.

  • Editor's Note
    We 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 Facts
    2 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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