Jun 272013
 June 27, 2013  family, food, recipes

Grandma's Sugar-Glazed Pecans - Alldonemonkey.comPecans are a Southern staple, and one with particular importance to my family.  My father’s mother inherited a pecan farm from her family in East Texas, and though it was sold off years ago, I love the idea that our family once had pecan groves.

I also have special memories of my other grandmother and her wonderful candied pecans.  She and my grandfather are about to celebrate their wedding anniversary (70 years? That’s what I get for doing these posts so late at night, when I can’t check with my mom!), so in her honor, here is my version of her recipe.

Sugar-Glazed Pecans

The original recipe was actually from a microwave cooking class my grandmother took years ago, back when cooking in the microwave was a new-fangled idea.  I have adapted it back to traditional stovetop/oven cooking.


Makes one pound

1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter or margarine

1 cup brown sugar (packed)

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1 lb pecan halves or large pieces (about 4 cups)

Grandma's Sugar-Glazed Pecans - Alldonemonkey.com

1. Melt butter in a large saucepan with a heavy bottom.

2. Stir in brown sugar and cinnamon.  Mix well.  (If you are working with a preschooler or toddler, have them help you measure these ingredients into a separate bowl for you to add to the hot saucepan).

Grandma's Sugar-Glazed Pecans - Alldonemonkey.com

Grandma's Sugar-Glazed Pecans - Alldonemonkey.com

3. Remove from heat.  Add pecans and mix to coat.

Grandma's Sugar-Glazed Pecans - Alldonemonkey.com

4. Spread coated nuts onto a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 300 degrees.  Stir several times while baking.

5. Remove from oven and let cool slightly.

Grandma's Sugar-Glazed Pecans - Alldonemonkey.com


What are your favorite family recipes?

  13 Responses to “Grandma’s Sugar-Glazed Pecans”

  1. Oh my goodness! I tasted my first ever “candied” or sugar glazed pecans when I moved to the South, and I have fallen in love with them!!! I love them topped on salads, or just to snack on them… now I’m craving some, and here I am stuck at work! LOLOL I will definitely try this at home. Thank you!

  2. 70 years it is! Just looking at the picture brings back memories of enjoying these during many family festivities through the years. Sweet :^)

  3. This recipe sounds perfect! My Texan mother-in-law sends candied pecans every Christmas and we devour them within a day, but I’ve never tried to make them myself. I may have to give it a go! 🙂

  4. Yummy! I’m afraid if I learn how to make these I will never stop! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  5. Just made a batch. They are great!

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