Use this recipe when making our Red Velvet Cake Petits Fours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pecans in a bowl. Heat granulated sugar and the water in a saucepan, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Pour syrup over pecans, and toss. Sprinkle sanding sugar over pecans, and toss. Using a slotted spoon, spread nuts on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
Bake, stirring occasionally, until pecans are toasted and dry, 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely. Candied pecans can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.