Pecan Pralines

Pecan Pralines

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    20 m
  • Ready In

    1 h
Susan White
Recipe by  Susan White

“This was my mother's recipe.”

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Original recipe yields 30 servings



  1. Generously butter baking sheets.
  2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, white sugar, water and butter. Bring to a rapid boil and stir in pecans. Continue to cook and stir until large bubbles form on the surface, pecans begin to look sugary and mixture just begins to color. Remove from heat and drop by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared sheets. Let cool completely.

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Gathering the ingredients and making the pralines were pretty easy but the recipe needs more clearer instructions. I had a hard time with melting the sugar at medium heat because it wouldn't melt and took the longest time to liquify, I would put it in between 7 and 8 (heat on the stove). Also, the instructions weren't too clear of how long to heat the liquid sugars (I would say about 5 minutes without stirring) and dropping them by the spoonfuls, I had half my batch seize up on me and they didn't turn out into pralines cookies...more like pecan praline crumbles. Finger Food anyone? Overall, in the end, the Pralines were a hit (the ones that made it out...the crumbled pralines weren't that big)



As written, this recipe is a 1 or a 2, not because of taste, but because of presentation. If made as directed, they will crumble to bits. I am from New Orleans, where the pecan praline originated, and we NEVER put our pralines on wax paper. The heat from the hot liquid will melt the wax right onto the surface, making them impossible to remove, without breaking into bits and pieces. In New Orleans we use one of 2 surfaces-either a marble slab (done by most of the shops in the French Quarter that do demonstrations) or parchment paper. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla because we love vanilla. I only cooked them over the stove for 1-2 minutes. One to 2 minutes will yield light creamy tan pralines. Cooking them 5 or minutes will turn the sugar mixture a dark brown, which is still good to taste, just not that visually appealing. Also, these will come out waif thin, which is how they serve them in New Orleans, rather than as a big puffed cookie type. For thicker cookie like ones, just use less liquid. With modifications I think this recipe is a 5. It is the way I have seen them made since I was a little girl.



Very good! However, I did add about 1/4 tsp vanilla extract to the mix to give them a little better flavor. I cooked mine on medium-high heat to speed up the process, and to keep them from running all over the place I waited about ten seconds after taking them off the burner before dropping the first.

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Amount Per Serving (30 total)

  • Calories
  • 107 cal
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 5.6 g
  • 9%
  • Carbs
  • 14.9 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 0.7 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 1 mg
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • 5 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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