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Homemade Pecan Pralines

Pecans embedded in a creamy, brown sugar blanket that slowly and luxuriously melts in your mouth? That's what you'll get with homemade pecan pralines!
Adapted from Art Institute of California, American Regional Cuisine Curriculum
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Cooling Time10 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: Candy, Candy Making, Fudge, Nuts, & Candies, Pecans
Servings: 20 drops
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Special Equipment


  • 1 cup brown sugar (7 oz, 200g)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (3-1/2 oz, 100g)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup pecans (4 oz, 112g), coarsely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp butter (1 oz, 30g)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Combine the sugars, salt, cream, and cream of tartar in a heavy pan. Stir over low heat until the sugar dissolves, wiping the crystals from the sides of the pan with a rubber spatula.
  • Over medium heat, cook for 15 minutes or until mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, 239°F, on a candy thermometer. (Note: original recipe said 234°F–240°F [112.5–115°C])
  • Add the pecans. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add the butter, vanilla, and salt.
  • Beat until the mixture looks creamy around edges of pan (this happens very quickly but if you need to speed the process, put saucepan in cold water while beating).
  • Drop the candy from a spoon onto a half sheet pan lined with a Silpat or parchment paper.
  • When cool, remove from the paper, or when the pralines cool and get firm, cut the waxed paper between each one and wrap individually.
Nutrition Facts
Homemade Pecan Pralines
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125
* Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 cal per day diet.
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