This candied pecan recipe is my daughter's favorite.
3 cups sugar
8 ounces sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups pecan halves
Combine sugar and sour cream in a heavy 2 1/2-quart saucepan.
Cook over medium-low heat stirring constantly, until mixture reaches soft ball stage (240ºF) (approximately 25 minutes.)
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Continue stirring until mixture begins to cool.
Add pecans, mixing well.
Place pecans individually on wax paper.