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pecan pralines

Pecan Pralines

Southern style pralines made with heavy cream.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 18
Author Cookie Madness


  • 3 cups light brown sugar 600 grams
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups pecan halves toasted
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract use a good double strength vanilla


  • In a 3 to 3 1/2 quart saucepan, combine the sugar, cream, corn syrup and salt.
  • Set pan over medium heat and bring mixture to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture reaches 236 degrees F..
  • Remove from heat at 236 degrees and butter, but do not stir.
  • Let mixture cool to about 170 degrees F. then stir in pecans and vanilla.
  • Beat with a spoon by hand until candy is slightly thick and begins to lose its gloss.
  • Quickly drop heaping tablespoons onto a tray lined with parchment paper and allow candy to set.


To toast the pecans, lay them on a rimmed skillet and bake at 350 to 375 degrees F. for about 10 minutes.  If using small pecan halves, 350 is best.  If using large ones (like from a pecan store), 375. After the first 7 minutes, stir the pecans around and check to see if they are releasing their oils.  Smaller pecans may be toasted in just 7 minutes, while larger pecan halves may take up to 12.  If desired, toss the toasted pecans in a little salted butter and let cool.