This is one of those recipes I’ve been making for years, and I have no idea where it originally came from. What I do know is that these pecans are super delish, super easy, and people just love ’em. And, the house smells amazing when you make them! I’m pretty sure this was the first thing to disappear at the baby shower.
These would also be great as a DIY homemade Christmas gift!
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
- ½ cup boiling water
- 3 cups pecan halves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Stir together the sugar, cinnamon, cream of tartar, and boiling water in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil. Continue to boil until mixture reaches 240° F (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer, about 8 minutes total.
- Remove saucepan from heat, and stir in pecans. Let cool a few minutes, and add vanilla, stirring until pecans are evenly coated. Pour pecans onto a sheet of waxed paper, parchment paper, or a silpat. Separate the nuts with 2 forks. Let cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.