Creamy Pralines With Toasted Pecans

Creamy Pralines

Diana Rattray

  • Total: 35 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 25 mins
  • Servings: 12 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
550 Calories
36g Fat
58g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 550
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 50mg 17%
Sodium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 58g 21%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Protein 4g
Calcium 79mg 6%
*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.)

Toasted pecans give these cream pralines a distinct pecan flavor. Make these pralines to give as gifts, for holiday parties, or take them to the office.


  • 3 cups pecans (chopped)
  • 2 cups light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Toast the pecans: Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread chopped pecans out on a large baking sheet. Bake for about 5 minutes, or until the chopped pecans are lightly browned and aromatic.

  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, granulated sugar, cream, milk, butter, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, to 230 F.

  4. Lower heat slightly if the mixture threatens to boil over. Add the toasted pecans and continue cooking, stirring constantly, to 236 F.

  5. The mixture should form a soft ball when a little is dropped in cold water. Remove from the heat and add vanilla; let stand for about 5 minutes. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture is thickened and slightly creamy, about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes.

  6. Using a tablespoon or small cookie scoop, spoon the pralines onto a sheet of parchment paper or waxed paper. If the mixture becomes grainy, heat and stir over medium heat for a few seconds, or until it can be easily scooped and dropped.

  7. Serve and enjoy!