These were a favorite of my mother-in-law. However, she never could make these without burning them so she would buy the ingredients and have me make them for her. She was the best mother-in law anyone could ask for and I miss her dearly.
brown sugar, firmly packed
2 1/2 c
mixed pecan pieces,and halves
1Combine sugar and water in a heavy 2-qt saucepan.
2Heat to boiling, using low heat and stirring CONSTANTLY. Stir in pecans.
3Cook until mixture reaches softball stage or 235 degrees. Be careful not to burn.
4Remove from heat; stir in butter. Immediately drop by tablespoon onto waxed paper.
5Let stand until firm.
Yield about 1 1/2 dozen.