Here’s a recipe for Oklahoma Sooner Nut Candies:


  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or greasing it lightly with butter. Set it aside.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, corn syrup, butter, water, and salt. Place the saucepan over medium heat.

  1. Stir the mixture continuously until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted completely. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches a temperature of 240°F (115°C) on a candy thermometer. This will take approximately 5-7 minutes.
  2. Once the mixture has reached the desired temperature, remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and pecan halves, ensuring that all the pecans are coated evenly.
  3. Working quickly, drop spoonfuls of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. You can use a greased spoon or an ice cream scoop to shape the candies. Leave enough space between each candy to allow them to spread slightly.
  4. Let the candies cool completely at room temperature until they are firm and set. This process may take about 30 minutes to an hour.

  1. Once the candies have cooled and hardened, you can remove them from the baking sheet. If they stick, gently pry them off using a butter knife or spatula.
  2. Store the Oklahoma Sooner Nut Candies in an airtight container at room temperature. They should remain fresh for up to two weeks.

Enjoy your homemade Oklahoma Sooner Nut Candies!

Note: Be cautious when working with hot sugar mixtures as they can cause severe burns. Handle the mixture with care and avoid touching it directly until it has cooled.

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