Classic Pecan Pralines Recipe

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Sugary. Buttery. Pecans. Need we say more?
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Classic Louisiana Praline Recipe
This recipe for classic Louisiana pralines will leave you and your friends wanting more. ©Shelly Benson

Fresh Louisiana pecan pralines are a classic sweet treat that must be enjoyed during your trip to Louisiana. And to avoid any cravings, now you can make these tasty bites at home and bring a little Louisiana sugar to your table.

Ingredients for Pecan Pralines:

  • 3 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 cup butter (½ stick)
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method of Preparation:

  1. Rough chop pecans halves.
  2. Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a 3 quart saucepan over medium heat, stirring mixture constantly.** 6-8 minutes, or until a candy thermometer registers 236 degrees (soft ball stage).
  3. Remove mixture from heat, and add butter. Stir in pecans and vanilla, using a wooden spoon, and stir constantly until candy begins to thicken.
  4. Working quickly, drop by heaping spoonfuls onto wax paper. Let stand until firm.