Basic Pecan Pralines

pecan pralines
Diana Rattray
  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 3 Dozen (36 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
100 Calories
5g Fat
13g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 3 Dozen (36 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 100
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 6mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 19mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These basic pralines are a New Orleans specialty. The creamy and buttery brown sugar fudge is filled with pecans.

This version includes brown sugar and evaporated milk. Butter is added to the fudge mixture, and then they're dropped onto wax paper to set. For the very best results, use a candy thermometer.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar (firmly packed)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups pecans (pieces and halves)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 tablespoons butter (chilled and cut in pieces)

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine sugar, milk, and water in a 2-quart saucepan; heat to boiling stirring constantly. Cook until mixture reaches soft ball consistency (235 F).

  2. Remove from heat; stir in pecans, vanilla, and butter.

  3. Immediately drop by tablespoons onto wax paper.