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Cinnamon Glazed Pecans aka Rodeo Nuts



If you’ve ever been to a rodeo – or maybe a state or county fair – chances are you’ve probably eaten some of those delicious cinnamon glazed nuts or at the very least smelled that wonderful aroma as you passed by the vendor. Most of the time they carry a pretty hefty price – but you can make these glazed nuts right at home for a fraction of the cost. I clipped this recipe from the Houston Chronicle many years ago and have enjoyed it ever since.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 3 cups mixed nuts (cashews, pecans, walnuts are best)

In a small bowl mix the water, sugar and vanilla until well blended and ‘syrupy’. Stir in the cinnamon making sure there are no lumps and it is totally incorporated into the syrup mixture. Pour this mixture into a large, non-stick skillet cooking over medium-low heat stirring occasionally.

cinnamonglazedpecansWhen the syrup begins to form threads, add in the nuts ** and gently turn the nuts until they are evenly coated. Continue to gently turn and stir until the syrup evaporates and the sugar crystallizes on the nuts. Remove from heat and spread glazed nuts on wax paper to cool. Once cool, store in an airtight container.

** Whole cashews are the most difficult to work with because they tend to break apart releasing their oil into the mix. Therefore make sure that at least half of the nut mixture is of nuts other than cashews.

While you might be tempted to double this recipe, it is not recommended. When you get to the end stage where you are turning the nuts in the mixture, it is very difficult to work with more than the three cups of nuts the recipe calls for.

These cinnamon glazed nuts make great gifts, decorations for cakes, chop some up in vanilla ice cream, or do like we do – just snack on them.

PS – We did not get any snow – but I heard from my son that Houston got quite a bit.

1 comment to Cinnamon Glazed Pecans aka Rodeo Nuts

  • JeannieM

    Yes, Houston got snow and it was FUN! How weird to look out the window and see snow flurries! Thanks for the great recipe.