I like to have a little bit of sweetness in my salads. I like that sweetness to be in the form of candied pecans! I was searching for some candied nuts recipe and came across a great candied nut recipe at Cafe Johnsonia, which she got from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.
2 cups whole nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds) *I used more like 3 cups of nuts*
1/2 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Place a piece of parchment paper or a silicone baking mat on a flat surface or baking sheet. (DO NOT USE WAXED PAPER!!! If you don’t have parchment or silicone, you can use a baking sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray.)
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Melt the butter and add the sugar and nuts.
Cook while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the sugar melts and turns a golden brown. (You may still see some sugar crystals that haven’t melted–it’s okay.)***I added more nuts because during this phase it seems like there was a lot of sugar on the nuts. I didn’t want them swimming in sugar, I just wanted a light coating of sweet on them, so I added another cup to thin out the amount of sugar sticking to each nut***
Remove pan from heat and add vanilla extract. (It will bubble up.) Stir vigorously.
Turn the hot nuts out onto the prepared surface. Spread nuts out evenly. Cool completely before using or eating.
These are so good. I have been snacking on them during the day and adding them to my dinner salads! It is super yummy!