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Old-Fashioned Pecan Pralines

Have you ever tried old-fashioned pecan pralines? Sometimes called New Orleans pralines or southern pralines, these decadent little bites are loaded with sweetness and make a wonderful treat to share during the holidays.

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Old-Fashioned Pecan Pralines Recipe

The first time I took a bite of one of these old-fashioned pralines, I had hearts in my eyes.

I definitely have a sweet tooth, and if pecan pralines don’t satisfy yours then nothing else will.

I love these simple southern pecan pralines because they are quite easy to make. Even if you’ve been intimidated by candy recipes in the past, do give these old-fashioned pralines a whirl.

You’ll be so glad that you did!

Old Fashioned Pecan Pralines Recipe - these easy pralines will satisfy your sweet tooth!

I’m a total sucker for those old-fashioned recipes. Don’t miss my shoo-fly pie recipe and this amazing old-fashioned goulash.

I’m going to be making batches of these quick and easy pecan pralines for the holiday season.

I love them because they are easily stacked in a decorative Christmas tin. You can use sheets of parchment to separate the layers, although I’ve found that they stack nicely even without it.

Old Fashioned Pecan Pralines Recipe - these easy pralines will satisfy your sweet tooth!

New Orleans Pralines

Admittedly, this is not an old family recipe. I found this old-fashioned pralines recipe in a recent issue of Taste of the South.

It made me want to do a little digging online, and that’s when I found out about the history of New Orleans pralines.

You can get a little history about this type of southern praline on this site.

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How to Make Pralines

My biggest tip for making pralines is that you must utilize a candy thermometer.

If you don’t have a candy thermometer, be sure to pick one up! Letting the praline mixture reach the appropriate temperature is imperative for your success.

To make these easy pralines, you’ll need to have a few tasty ingredients on hand, listed below.

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Yes, these old-fashioned pralines are basically sugar disks and they are SO tasty. Below is the basic method.

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan stir together the sugars, heavy whipping cream, and the baking soda.
  3. Over medium heat bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Allow boiling until a temperature of 235 is reached. Remove from the heat immediately. Stir in the butter and the vanilla. Quickly add the pecans and vigorously stir for about 1 minute.
  4. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Allow cooling until set.Old Fashioned Pecan Pralines Recipe - these easy pralines will satisfy your sweet tooth!

Here’s a tip, be sure you’re working quickly when dropping the cookies on the parchment paper as they will begin to harden quickly.

Easy Pecan Pralines

I hope you love these easy pecan pralines as much as I do! Be sure to pin the recipe and leave a comment on the post if you try them.

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For more great desserts try my famous coconut magic bars and these easy corn flake cookies.

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Old Fashioned Pecan Pralines

Yield: 24 pralines
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these tasty old fashioned pralines!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Instructions

  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan stir together the sugars, heavy whipping cream, and the baking soda.
  3. Over medium heat bring to a boil stirring occasionally. Allow to boil until a temperature of 235 is reached. Remove from the heat immediately. Stir in the butter and the vanilla. Quickly add the pecans and vigorously stir for about 1 minute.
  4. Working quickly, drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  5. Allow to cool until set.

Notes

Adapted from Taste of the South: Pecan Everything special edition 2018

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1 praline
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 138 Total Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 2.2g Trans Fat: 0.1g Unsaturated Fat: 5.9g Cholesterol: 8.1mg Sodium: 16.4mg Carbohydrates: 15.6g Fiber: 0.8g Sugar: 14.7g Protein: 0.9g

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  1. These look SOO good. My mom used to make something similar.

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