Today's Quote

“If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” Thomas Jefferson

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Cinnamon Sugared Pecans

This is a great snack to satisfy a sweet tooth. It also makes a great holiday gift idea.

3 cups pecan halves
2 1/2 tsp. butter
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Melt butter in skillet then add pecans. Stir to coat all pecans. When pecans are thoroughly coated them add them to a cookie sheet and roast in oven at 275 degrees for 20 minutes. Stir several times during roasting.
2. Combine sugar, cinnamon, salt and water in a pot; cook while stirring over medium heat until sugar is dissolved. The boil to the soft ball stage or 236 degrees using a candy thermometer. The soft ball stage is when a small amount of the syrup dropped into chilled water forms a ball but is still soft enough to flatten when picked up by your fingers..
3. When soft ball stage is obtained then remove from heat and add vanilla. Add pecans and stir until the mixture is creamy. Turn onto waxed paper, seperate the pecans with a fork and let them cool and set.
4. Enjoy!

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