Pecans are tossed in a spiced sugar coating, then slow baked till caramelised. Perfect for Christmas hampers, but also year-round for snacking.
You can do the same with walnuts, cashews or almonds, or use mixed nuts.
I've made this recipe at least 10 times and I absolutely love it! People I've made them for can't get over how good they are! A friend told me they are WAY better than any candied nuts she's bought at stores/festivals, etc. For a pound of nuts, I only use 1/3 C of sugar as I don't believe in using much sugar in anything. They are PLENTY sweet with that amount! I also add a t. of vanilla extract to the wet mix! YUM!!!!! I've never tried walnuts but I am right now...they are currently baking. Will let you all know how it turns out! - 01 Apr 2013 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
I thought these were very good with the sugar reduced A LOT. 1 Cup sugar for a pound of nuts just seemed like to much to me. I used just a bit less than 1/3 cup sugar and it was more than enough. - 10 Feb 2013 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)
It was DELICIOUS! I changed some things, though. Instead of water, I used vanilla extract. I also lowered the sugar amount to 2/3 cup-- 1/3 being regular white sugar and the other 1/3 brown sugar. The first time I did this, I didn't lower the salt amount, and it tasted like a salty-sweet snack. They were delicious! This time, I'm lowering it to maybe half a teaspoon for a sweeter taste. You can't go wrong with this recipe! UPDATE: I lowered the salt to 1/4 tsp as recommended by some users, and I definitely recommend it. - 12 Jun 2013 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)