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Candied Pecans

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    5-1/4 cups  pecan halves
    4tablespoons  butter, softened, divided
    1/2cup  sugar
    1/2 cup  condensed milk
    1/2 teaspoon  salt
    1 teaspoon  vanilla extract

Place pecans in a shallow baking pan in a 250 oven for 10 minutes or until warmed. Grease a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside.
Grease the sides of a large heavy saucepan with remaining butter; add sugar, condensed milk, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. Cover; cook 2 minutes to dissolve any sugar crystals that may form on the sides of pan.
Cook, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 236 (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Stir in warm pecans until evenly coated.
Spread onto prepared baking pan. Bake at 250 for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes. Spread on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet to cool

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