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Yummy Pecan Pralines Recipe
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Yummy Pecan Pralines

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"Pecans are cooked to the soft ball stage with brown sugar, white sugar, evaporated milk and butter and then beaten and poured on a slab to firm up in these sweet, chewy candies."

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Original recipe makes 20 pralines Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr 30 mins


  1. Generously grease a large slab or baking sheet.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, white sugar and milk. Bring to a boil. Stir in butter, pecans and vanilla. Heat, without stirring, to between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.
  3. Beat until thickened, then pour immediately onto prepared surface and let rest until firm and completely cool before cutting.
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  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 21, 2007

These were excellent and have gotten rave reviews from everyone who has tried them. I did make a few changes though. The way the recipe is, they come out to be nuts clumps in the midst of a pile of praline "cookie." I prefer the traditionaly southern pralines where it is a nut that is coated in a dry praline coating so I upped the quantity of pecans to 2 cups. I also added 1/4 c. real rum and about a tablespoon of dried ground ginger to the cinnamon/vanilla mixture. For the higher quantity of pecans, you have to move quickly as the praline mixture will cool quickly and begin to solidify around each nut very quickly. Just keep stirring which will break apart huge clusters, then spread on a baking sheet until cool. Then I pour them into a collander and toss all the loose sugar off. This also rounds the edges of the praline coating out on the nuts. Even better is that you can save the sugar that falls out of the collander and use as brown sugar in cookies! So delicious...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 04, 2003

These pralines are easy and quick, and the texture is good. Unfortunately, the evaporated milk scent was so strong that it spoiled the flavor. Substituting light cream (10% butterfat) would render theses candies perfect.

Jul 04, 2005

This recipe was quick and easy. I added more pecans and I also used a tablespoon to drop the mixture on a sheet of parchment paper, 1-inch apart instead of spreading on a buttered baking sheet. My family and I enjoyed it. You should try it!

Nov 20, 2007

Melt-in-your mouth yummy! And so easy to make. I will add more pecans next time. I will also spread the mixture faster because it firms very quickly.

May 05, 2010

Very nice recipe, but requires some experience to reach a good outcome. I recommend taking the candy mixture to 240 F. Once you remove it from heat, stir just enough to have the mixture begin to thicken. (DO NOT over-stir at this point or you'll end up with crumbs! Delicious, but not very presentable.) Immediately pour onto a Silpat. Allow to cool completely without disturbing. Then cut or break apart into pieces. I would also increase the amount of pecans to about 2 cups.

Jul 27, 2009

My kids are LOVIN' them. I use 1 1/2 cup white to 1/2 cup brown sugar and right before I stir, just a pinch of salt keeps it from being too sweet! We also put two large 'dollops' of peanut butter and make them peanut butter pralines! Yummy...

Nov 22, 2002

This recipe is impossible to double---beating at the end is too difficult. The ratio of praline to nuts is high. Next time I would increase the nuts or cut down on the evaporated milk.

Dec 21, 2008

This recipe was great!! I have been making pralines for 20 yrs and have always sit and stir and stir so it will get thick. It was so easy this time to use the mixer. Thank you so much.


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  • Calories
  • 146 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 22.4 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 5 mg
  • 2%
  • Fat
  • 6.5 g
  • 10%
  • Fiber
  • 0.6 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 18 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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