- Combine sugar, water, vanilla extract and salt in a sauté pan. Bring to a boil.
- Add pecans and toss into syrup. Cook a few minutes and until most of the syrup is evaporated. Remove from heat. Stir pecans until a white grainy coating develops on their surface.
- Turn heat back on to medium and toss pecans until white coating caramelizes and they sound “dry”.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon and remove from heat. Let pecans cool on parchment paper.
- Store airtight.