Classic Pralines

Classic Pralines
(c) Elizabeth LaBau
  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 15 pralines (15 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
258 Calories
16g Fat
29g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 15 pralines (15 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 258
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 21%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Protein 2g
Calcium 21mg 2%
*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.)

Brown sugar, cream, and pecans combine to produce delicious pralines that taste like pecan pie. These pralines are a Southern classic.


  • 1 cup cream (heavy)
  • 2 cups sugar (brown, packed)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecans (halves, lightly toasted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare a sheet tray by covering it with waxed paper.

  2. Combine brown sugar and cream in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat.

  3. Stir with a wooden spoon until sugar is dissolved, then do not stir anymore.

  4. Insert candy thermometer and boil until the sugar reaches 240 degrees (soft-ball stage).

  5. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Continue to stir until mixture thickens and becomes opaque.

  6. Stir in all pecans, and drop by teaspoonfuls on prepared sheet tray.

  7. Allow to cool completely at room temperature before removing from waxed paper.