The Best Pecan Pralines Candy Recipe
This buttery, brown sugar Southern candy is such a treat. Pecan Pralines are a classic that you have to try! Sweet and salty candy perfection.
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I’m not a southerner. So forgive me when I say I have never ever tried a Pecan Praline in my life. However, I have some readers on the blog who keep telling me to try making them. They are begging for a recipe. Which is funny, because you guys, there are hundreds (thousands) of recipes on the web for Pecan Pralines.
However, I felt it my duty to give these a whirl. After all, my favorite ice cream flavor is Pecan Pralines and Cream Ice Cream. TO DIE FOR. And you can see by my candy recipes that I love trying new flavors and old classics!
After giving these a try, I can only say they are delicious. Melt in your mouth good. The brown sugar caramelizes and firms up after you dissolve and boil the mixture. Once you fold in your pecans you have to work fast to drop these onto parchment paper.
By the end, they were lumpy and weird looking, however they still taste amazing. I threw some of the lumpy ones in the picture, because you guys, I want to be real with ya. I want you to know that it’s okay they don’t LOOK perfect. After all, look at some of those in the bowl!
Here’s the thing. When it comes down to it at the end of the day, do they taste good? Yes. Yes they do. And I’m hoping that if you ARE a southern girl you can give these a try and let me know if I’ve come close to the classic treat. Is the flavor right? Is the texture right? Let me know!
How to make Pecan Pralines
In a heavy dutch oven over medium heat, combine brown sugar, heavy cream, corn syrup and butter. Over medium heat, stirring constantly, bring to a boil.
Bring your mixture to a boil and use a candy thermometer to watch the temperature. I love using a Thermapen for this! Super easy and handy (and great for meat too).
Once your sugar mixture reaches soft ball stage or 235 degrees F, remove from heat and allow it to cool to 150 degrees F. Mine took about 25 minutes.
When it is the right temperature, add your pecans to the candy mixture with a wooden spoon until combined. Using two tablespoons, quickly drop mixture by spoonful onto parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Allow pralines to cool and firm up (about 10-15 minutes). ENJOY!!
What you need to make this Praline recipe
Light Brown Sugar
Heavy Whipping Cream
Light Corn Syrup
Pecans (pecan halves)
Parchment Paper or wax paper
If you love today’s Praline Candy recipe, here are a few more of my holiday favorites:
English Toffee is a classic holiday candy: buttery candy poured over almonds, topped with milk chocolate and walnuts. Make it in a brownie bite pan to get the cutest toffee bites – perfect for gifting!
Copycat Salted Nut Roll Candy Bar Recipe is a candy store classic. You can make it at home, and give all your favorite people a homemade gift this year!
Classic candy from Ohio. Peanut Butter Buckeyes. Soft peanut butter filling dipped in chocolate! Be sure to make a batch for you next party!
Divinity Candy recipe is a Southern classic. Just one bite and you’ll be hooked on this chewy, soft vanilla treat packed with crunchy pecans!
If you’ve never tried Saltine Toffee, now is the time! Crispy, buttery toffee with crackers, pecans and chocolate. So easy to make, too!
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- 4 cups light brown sugar, packed
- 1 ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 Tbsp light corn syrup
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter
- 2 ¼ cups pecan halves
- Line counter top or baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper.
- In a heavy dutch oven over medium heat, combine brown sugar, heavy cream, corn syrup and butter. Over medium heat, stirring constantly, bring to a boil. Boil for about 6 minutes or until candy thermometer reaches 235 degrees (soft ball stage).
- Remove mixture from heat and allow to cool to 150 degrees. Stir in pecans and quickly, using two spoons, drop by spoonful onto parchment paper. Allow to cool for about 10-15 minutes. ENJOY
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Today’s recipe was originally posted on April 14, 2016 and has been republished in November 2018
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