Recipe: Perfect Pralines

For a while, I was perfecting my praline recipe. Trust me when I say, there is a lot of importance not only to ingredients, but to the process. The devil is in the details here! But I have come up with a simple and perfect pecan praline recipe. If you follow closely, it is fool-proof!

These are so good that I sold them for a while at farmer’s markets and for gifts or holiday catering. I sill cater them or gift wrap them currently. Even so, it is really hard not to make myself a batch every now and then.


But I love sharing recipes, and I hope you can enjoy making these at home as much as I do. If you want to give it a whirl, the best method is to watch the video below- as being able to visualize the stages is important.
Good luck and please let me know how they turn out!


– 1 1/2 cups sugar
-3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
-1/2 cup milk (I use skim, but you can use any fat percentage)
-6 tablespoons butter
-1/8 salt
-1/2 cup chopped pecans
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-dash imitation butter flavor


1. Prep:
a. Chop pecans and toast pecans on medium heat on a dry skillet until
browned. Set aside.
b. Lay out a large sheet of wax paper.
c. Get a glass of cold water, at least 1/2 cup for testing the “readiness” of the
pralines later on, as seen in video.
2.  Add sugar, brown sugar, salt, 1/2 cup milk, and butter. Heat on medium heat
until it comes to a rolling boil, stirring occasionally.
3. Once at a rolling boil, stir constantly for 3 minutes, or until mixture reaches
238°, or once it is in a “soft ball” stage.  (See video for testing tip)
4. Once ready, remove from the heat. Add the pecans, vanilla extract, and
imitation butter extract.
5. Stir constantly until mixture is thicker and you can hear a “gritty” sound (as
explained in video).
6. Once ready, use a spoon to lay dollops onto the wax paper. Do this quickly,
because they dry quickly!
7. Let cool and enjoy!

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