Pecan Praline 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.

Blue and white bowl with pecan pralines brimming to the top

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Prior to creating recipes, I had never heard of pralines. I mean, I have had Praline Ice Cream before…so I knew it was a candy coated nut…but what else?

You, my readers requested this recipe so I had to google “What is Praline Candy?”

In case you were wondering, praline candy originated in New Orleans and is a caramelized confection made with nuts and brown sugar. Some people choose to use almonds!

After giving this praline recipe 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 Pralines

Cutting board with stack of pecan pralines. Blue bowl filled with pralines in background.

Step 1: In a heavy dutch oven over medium heat, combine brown sugar, heavy whipping cream, corn syrup and butter. Over medium heat, stirring constantly, bring to a boil. 

Step 2: Bring your mixture to a boil and use a candy thermometer to watch the temperature.

PRO TIP: I love using a Thermapen for this! Super easy and handy (and great for meat too).

Step 3: 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.

Step 4: When the pralines become 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.

Step 5: Allow pralines to cool and firm up (about 10-15 minutes). ENJOY!!

What you need to make this Praline recipe

If you want a quick glance at what’s needed for today’s recipe, look no further. For the printable recipe with measurements, scroll all the way down!


  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Light Corn Syrup
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Pecans (pecan halves)


  • Candy thermometer
  • Baking Sheet
  • Parchment Paper or wax paper
  • Large saucepan
  • Wooden Spoon

Tips for How to make Pecan Candy

  • As a southerner would tell you, don’t make these on a humid day. For whatever reason, they just don’t turn out 😉
  • When boiling the candy mixture, don’t use a thin-walled pot, as it tends to overheat and cause the candy to cook to quickly.
  • Work fast when spooning the candy onto parchment paper. Just be careful as the mixture is very hot!

How to store Pecan Pralines

Once praline candy is cooled, store in an airtight container for up to 5 days. I like to line my container with wax paper (or parchment paper) and lay the candy in a single layer.

You can freeze Pralines the same way. Thaw overnight at room temperature and enjoy.

This buttery, brown sugar Southern candy is such a treat. Pecan Pralines are a classic that you have to try!

If you love today’s Old Fashioned 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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Yield: 36 candies

The Best Pecan Pralines Candy Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Rest Time 25 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

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.


  • 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


  1. Line counter top or baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or wax paper.
  2. 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).
  3. 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

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 170Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Today’s recipe was originally posted on April 14, 2016.

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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Comments & Reviews

  1. I live just across the lake from New Orleans. Chop your pecans and do not stir them in whole. It will make spreading them out thin much easier! Enjoy!

  2. The sweet salty taste makes it mouth-watering. They are so delicious I will make them today… 🙂

    Thanks for the recipe.

  3. o yummy .. After seeing this i feel like making this recipies is so easy at home ..keep posting keep rocking

  4. I made these as Christmas gifts, birthday, gifts, Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts, and as thank you gifts. I also add about 1 oz. of maple-flavored bourbon to each batch. It blends well with the brown sugar flavor and gifts it a slight kick!

  5. I just made this recipe and I don’t know what I did wrong, but when it got down to 150 degrees it was really runny and would not set up at all after adding the pecans. So I added about 1 and 1/2 cups of powdered sugar to get it to be the light color and also to set up. It is wonderful candy even with this mistake.

  6. Wow..

    Looks so yummy .. After seeing this i feel like making this recipies is so easy at home .. Detailed info given

    keep posting … You Rocks

  7. This is my favorite holiday party snack! I always make a double recipe for every family gathering and it’s always gone by the end of the night!

  8. I’m a Northerner, but grew up with my Texas cousins sending us a box of “armadillo droppings” every Christmas… Which yes, were just pecan pralines. They were so delicious and now I’m determined to make them at home!

  9. I have never made Praline in my life too. I don’t think I have never eaten as well with Pecan. I need to make one for this year’s festive season. Thank you for sharing 😀

  10. I am a regular visitor to your website and have always liked the kind of work that you do. I genuinely get new ideas and thoughts that help me a lot in my personal work as well.

  11. I went to New Orleans last year for the first time and tried pralines. It was so awesome, this sounds like same. Thanks for providing the recipe, will try this at home.

  12. The information that is provided on your web portal is amazing and I am always eager to catch hold of the new posts being published on your website

  13. If your pralines thicken up before you get them all spooned out, just set your pan back over a very low heat and they will soften right up again!

  14. 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…

  15. Well, my favorite ice cream flavor is Pecan Pralines too. the recipe looks interesting. I cant wait to try it on my own. Hope, i dont mess it up anyway. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. Tried this Pecan Pralines Recipe yesterday. My kids really liked this one. Thanks for sharing Pecan recipe with us. Now, I have one more dish to serve my kids as an evening snack.

  17. Awesome Recipe, it looks really delicious. I love cooking for my family every week I try to cook a new recipe. So next weekend I will try to cook your recipe.

    Thank you for the great post.

  18. I love this recipe! I have been searching for one that compares to Savannah’s Candy Kitchen in Charleston, SC and I have to say this is almost exactly like their recipe! It is super easy to make! Thanks and I am looking forward to making some for friends and family this Christmas Season!

  19. Love to try new foods. Pralines and cream growing up is delicious. Thanks for sharing great recipe, yummy!

  20. I went to New Orleans last year for the first time and tried pralines. They were so good! I never thought to make them at home!

  21. I tried to find the Thermapen candy therometer, but the link only showed BBQ and meat ones.  Can you share more information about a good candy thermometer (does it clip to the pan too)?  thanks for all you share and I’m looking forward to trying this delicious sounding recipe!!!

    1. The thermapen (which looks like a meat thermometer) can also be used as a candy thermometer. I find it incredibly accurate!

  22. 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.

  23. The Chocolate Peanut Butter Pralines were a milk chocolate color and the most decadent chocolate peanut butter combination I’ve ever tasted. They reminded me of the Chocolate Peanut Butter fudge my Grandmother used to make from scratch ….. Cocoa, Sugar, Butter, Milk and Peanut Butter.
    The flavors were totally combined. I can imagine drizzling Peanut Butter Pralines with chocolate but they wouldn’t be the same. 

  24. I’ve never tried a pecan praline either, so I definitely need to start! Your description of these is making my mouth water. It sounds like the brown sugar really gives these a decadent touch. Sounds so delicious and easy, too!

  25. Many years ago I had Chocolate – Peanut Butter Pralines from a shop in Myrtle Beach, SC. They were awesome ….. but I haven’t been able to find a recipe. Please keep that combination in mind if you ever decide to make another version and share the recipe with all of us.
    Your pralines look decadent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Ooooh interesting. We’re they dipped in chocolate, or the actual praline tasted like chocolate peanut butter?

  26. I just got back from a vacation in SC where these are very popular. I bought some at a local sweet shop and OMG, were they delicious!
    I am anxious to try your recipe; if they taste as yummy as they look from the pictures on your site, I’m in for a treat! 

  27. I’m from South Louisiana, I love these. Since I have Psoriasis Arthritis I pour these in a foiled and well greased pan. Then once firm lift the foil and cut them, like fudge. Hope this helps someone who’s like me, not fast at candy dropping anymore. But fast at making them disappear. Ha ha

    1. I was thinking about that yesterday, wondering if it would work. So happy to hear someone has tried doing that 🙂

  28. These look really good!!!  I haven’t made homemade pralines- so now I think I must give these a try!

  29. I usually eat breakfast at home. however although i like to eat soup or other dishes. I often eat cake in the morning because i have less time to prepare. thanks for sharing. great recipe. yum ~!

  30. Yes, I’ve also loved pralines and cream growing up, but never actually had a plain pecan praline! So glad you decided to give this recipe your own version 🙂

  31. I’m not a southerner, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a good praline. I’m so psyched to give these a whirl. And I love that your readers asked for them. I need more specific requests like that on my site!

    1. I get requests for different candy and fudge recipes ALL. THE. TIME. It’s actually quite helpful 🙂

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