Make caramelized pecans by coating the nuts in a mixture of melted butter and brown sugar, and then cooking until the sugar dissolves. Once cooled, the nuts break apart into a delicious treat that can be eaten alone or used as a salad topper.
To make caramelized pecans, melt 4 tablespoons of salted butter in a sauce pan over medium high heat. Add in 2 cups of pecan halves, and stir to coat with butter. Stir in 4 tablespoons of brown sugar. Continue to stir until the nuts are coated with the sticky brown mixture. Remove from heat and spread the pecans on wax paper to cool, separating them to prevent clumps.
Another option for making caramelized pecans also works well with other nuts. Boil 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons honey together in a small sauce pan over medium heat. When the sugar dissolves, add in 2 1/2 cups of various nuts, including pecans, almonds, walnuts, cashews and roasted hazelnuts.
Using a slotted spoon to avoid excess syrup, transfer the nuts to a lightly greased, foil-lined baking pan, arranging them in a single layer. Roast the nuts at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally during cooking time. To cool, arrange the nuts in a single layer on another lightly greased sheet of foil, and break apart clumps of nuts.