Grandma’s Sugar-Glazed Pecans
Pecans 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.
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)
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).
3. Remove from heat. Add pecans and mix to coat.
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.
What are your favorite family recipes?
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!
Oops, sorry, Frances! Hope you don’t have a hard time at work today 😉
70 years it is! Just looking at the picture brings back memories of enjoying these during many family festivities through the years. Sweet :^)
Yay, I guessed right! 70 years is quite an achievement!
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! 🙂
I love the candied pecans, too! Hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂
Yummy! I’m afraid if I learn how to make these I will never stop! 😉 Thanks for sharing!
Thanks, Kali! Hope you enjoy them 🙂
Oh, those look so yummy! 🙂
They are! Mmmmm!
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Just made a batch. They are great!
That’s so nice to hear! Glad you liked them!!