Pecan Pralines With Bourbon

Pecan pralines
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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 36 to 48 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
85 Calories
5g Fat
10g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36 to 48
Amount per serving
Calories 85
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 7%
Saturated Fat 2g 8%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Protein 1g
Calcium 9mg 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.)

Pecan pralines are a special NOLA treat. Made with bourbon and brown sugar, along with cream and butter, these pralines are sweet and irresistible. Let this food remind you of the great French quarter.


  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar (light, packed)
  • Dash salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups pecans (halves, lightly toasted*)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon butter (for baking sheet)

Steps to Make It

  1. In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt 4 tablespoons butter. Stir in the granulated and brown sugars, dash salt, and heavy cream. Cover and bring to a boil over medium heat.

  2. Remove the lid and boil until temperature reaches 242 F on the candy thermometer, or almost firm ball stage. A small amount of the mixture, when added to cold water, will form a soft ball which will hold its shape and not flatten.

  3. Stir in the toasted pecans. Remove from heat and beat in flavoring and bourbon. Continue beating until the candy loses its glossiness, becomes creamy in appearance, and begins to thicken.

  4. Have a buttered baking sheet or waxed paper lined baking sheet ready. Quickly drop the candy mixture by tablespoons onto the greased cookie sheet.

  5. Wrap pralines individually in plastic wrap to store.


  • To toast nuts, spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet. Toast in a 350 F oven, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes. Or, toast in an ungreased skillet over medium heat, stirring, until light golden brown and aromatic.