Old Fashioned Pecan Pralines Recipe
Old-Fashioned Pecan Pralines are a classic Southern candy, and these luscious crunchy bites of heaven taste a little like a combination of creamy butterscotch and caramel all wrapped up in a sugary, fudgy package.
Servings Prep Time
36pralines 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15minutes 1hour
Servings Prep Time
36pralines 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
15minutes 1hour
  • 3cups light brown sugarfirmly packed
  • 1cup whipping cream
  • 2Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1/4tsp kosher salt
  • 4Tbsp unsalted butterat room temperature
  • 2cups pecan pieceslightly toasted
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  1. Bring sugar, cream, corn syrup, and salt to boil in a medium-size saucepan over medium heat. Stir the mixture constantly.
  2. Continue cooking and stirring the sugar mixture until a candy thermometer reaches 236 degrees F or it reaches the soft ball stage. This will take an additional 6-8 minutes.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and add the butter. Do not stir. Let it stand until it cools a bit and reaches 150 degrees F. This only takes a few minutes.
  4. Add the pecans and vanilla and constantly stir until the candy begins to lose it gloss and thicken just a bit.
  5. Working rapidly, drop the candy by heaping teaspoonfuls or a small scoop onto wax paper or parchment paper. Let stand until completely cool and firm.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
Recipe Notes

In making candy, the soft ball stage means that means that when you drop a bit of the candy into cold water, you can form a soft ball with it.

Pralines are a delicate candy and keep better if you separate the layers of candy with wax paper or parchment paper.

To lightly roast pecans, place them in a single layer and roast at 350 degrees for 7-8 minutes.

Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Pecan Pralines Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 157 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Potassium 45mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 20g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3%
Vitamin C 0.5%
Calcium 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.