Pecan Pralines

Southern Pecan Pralines are a melt-in-your-mouth cross between a cookie and a candy! They are a crunchy and sweet treat.

Pralines are a southern candy that has caramelized nuts in it. Pecan pralines are sugary and buttery dessert that features nuts. For more sugary candy try Caramel Candy, Homemade Turtle Candy, and Homemade Pay Day Candy Bars.

Homemade Pecan Pralines stacked on a white plate

Homemade Pralines

Hello, it’s me Lily again!! I love to share my tasty and simple treats with you, and I have a great one for you! It’s easy and delish.

My mom and dad went to New Orleans in February and brought home Pecan Pralines and we loved them! We decided to try a recipe ourselves because we were missing them and they were so delicious!! They were really easy to make. When we were making these I realized that I LOVE Pecans.

I love Pecans and if you do too, then you’ll LOVE this recipe.

Homemade Pecan Pralines stacked on a white plate

easy pecan praline recipe

COOK. In a medium pot, add brown sugar, sugar, heavy cream and butter. Stir constantly until you get to about 240 degrees on candy thermometer. (Took us about 10 minutes)

ADD PECANS. Once at the right temperature, remove from heat, add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 cup pecan halves. Stir for about a minute.

SET. Pour onto parchment paper and let set.

close up of praline pecans

Tips + Storing Info

Praline texture are interesting because while they are crumbly and melt in your mouth they are pretty crunchy from the pralines themselves. Some people have likened them to a nutty fudge. The more milk/cream you add the softer and more fudge-like it becomes. If it is mainly just sugar and butter it will yield a crisper texture.

Make sure to let them sit on the parchment paper for about an hour before moving them to a Tupperware for storage.

Work quickly when scooping/pouring the pralines so that the mixture doesn’t harden too quickly

    • If the mixture begins to harden before you can get all of the pralines scooped out you will want to mix in one tsp of hot water at a time until the mixture returns to a normal consistency.
    • Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon scoop to form the pralines

It is really luck that our pralines turned out so round. Most of the time they turn out misshapen and not perfectly round. Don’t worry about it too much!

 

STORE in an air-tight container for a couple of days to a week. The longer they sit they become sugary and gritty.

It varies from recipe to recipe but generally you should be able to FREEZE pralines pretty successfully for up to 2 months. Just make sure that they are in an air-tight container, and that before you eat them they have been at room temperature for a while so that no teeth get broken.

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Pecan Pralines

5 from 1 vote
Southern Pecan Pralines are a melt-in-your-mouth cross between a cookie and a candy! They are a crunchy and sweet treat.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 489 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup pecan halves

Instructions
 

  • In a medium pot, add brown sugar, sugar, heavy cream and butter. Stir constantly until you get to about 240 degrees on candy thermometer. (Took us about 10 minutes)
  • Once at the right temperature, remove from heat, add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 cup pecan halves. Stir for about a minute.
  • Pour onto parchment paper and let set.

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NOTE FROM KRISTYN:

We tried this recipe first, but they looked nothing like the picture. Having said that, they still tasted GREAT!

Recipe adapted from Dramatic Pancake. Lily-Desserts2

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments:

  1. Thanks for the yummy recipe Lily! The picture of your brother and you is adorable!! Have a great week 🙂

  2. 5 stars
    Great! It’s really looks delicious and easy. I will try it especially I like the Pecans.
    Thank you Lily.

  3. This is one of my all-time favorite things to make and eat. I have to know, how did you get them so perfectly round? Mine always come out very… lumpy around the edges! 🙂

    1. Haha…I’m not sure?? I just poured extremely slow and didn’t pour a lot, so it just kind formed it’s own circle. Sorry, wish I had an easier way, but hope that helps!

  4. Does this Praline recipe tUrn out these gorgeous, very thin and crisp Pralines? Ive scoured the internet to find this kind. YOu mentioned something about a Praline recipe not TURNING out like the PICTURE at all. So—
    This recipe you Posted, is the result very Thin and crisp praline like iM wanting? Thanks!!

    1. We tried a different one first, but they didn’t turn out thin, like these pictures. This recipe should give you what you want 🙂 Hope you like them!

      1. Tks Kristen.. to clarifY…… the pIctures yOu posted “are” the ones you made? If so, that’s exactly what im wanting. GorgeoUs, thin and Crisp.. tks agAin for tHe reply. ?