Sugared Pecans

This recipe came from my mother's Aunt Millie. My mother usually only makes these during the winter. We generally would make them and put them in coffee mugs to wrap up as gifts. It can be a bit tricky to get the stirring right and the spreading of the pecans without being tangled up in it like a glue trap. But the reward is worth the mess. Also, remember to not use a non-stick pot as you'll be doing some failry intense stirring and don't want to gouge it. 1 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup white KARO syrup 1/2 cup hot water 1 tsp vanilla extract 3 cups of pecan halves (cleaned well to remove bitter bits)

Boil sugar, syrup and water until it forms a soft ball. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Add in nuts and stir until nuts get "set" or it starts to thinken like candy. Pour and spread over waxed paper. Nuts will continue to "set" while drying. After completely dry, break apart and put into a jar away from moisture. Be sure to eat all the bits of sugar left over on the waxed paper.