Southern Pecan Pralines

These delicious pecan praline candies are similar to the wonderful pralines you can find in New Orleans, and they’re quite easy to make.

Serves: 36Hands-on: 30 minutesTotal: 30 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 36


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 3⁄4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecan halves


  • Butter the sides of a heavy, 2-quart saucepan. Add granulated sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, and salt. Stir to blend well. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved.
  • Increase heat to medium and cook until mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the temperature reaches 234°F (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons butter and vanilla, and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in nuts, then beat until mixture is no longer glossy and has thickened, about 3 minutes. Quickly spoon mixture onto sheets of waxed paper or lightly buttered baking sheets. If mixture becomes too stiff before you can finish, stir in very small amounts of hot water to make it workable. Let cool.