- Butter a baking sheet; set aside. Place sugar in a heavy large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat, shaking pan occasionally, until sugar begins to melt. Reduce heat to low and cook until sugar is golden brown, stirring as necessary. Add pecans, butter, vanilla, and cinnamon, if desired. Sugar may set up. Stir to remelt sugar and coat nuts evenly.
- Spread the mixture onto prepared baking sheet. Cool completely. Break into small clusters. Makes 10 to 12 servings.
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Up to 3 weeks ahead, prepare nuts. Place in an airtight container and store in a cool dry place.