They're done in less than 10 minutes once you've got all your ingredients together.
- 3 cups pecan halves
- 1 cup white granulated sugar
- Small pinch of salt
- 8 Tbsp. butter or margarine (1 stick)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Line a baking sheet with foil. Lightly spray with cooking spray, and set aside.
In a heavy skillet, use a wooden spoon to combine pecans, sugar, pinch of salt and margarine. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for 9 minutes. Sugar will melt and turn a rich brown color. Watch out for spatters.
Remove from heat and immediately stir in vanilla extract. The vanilla extract being stirred into the hot pecan mixture will make your kitchen smell delicious! Be careful - the pan will be very hot.
Spread mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and VERY LIGHTLY sprinkle with salt right away while they're still hot (optional). This tiny touch of salt balances out the sweet, buttery, vanilla flavor. Using 2 forks, separate pecans quickly before they cool and stick together; allow to cool completely.
Stored tightly covered, they will keep for a week or two.
Notes: Use only stick margarine for this recipe to be it’s best. Soft margarine in a tub DOES NOT work in this recipe.