pecan praline
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Southern Pralines

Typical southern sweets like these Southern Pecan Pralines grace almost every southern household during the holidays.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern
Author: Debbie


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons dark corn syrup
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups pecan halves


  • Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan.
  • Put the sugars, salt, corn syrup, milk, and butter in saucepan.
  • Over medium heat, stir mixture constantly with a wooden spoon until sugars have dissolved and mixture comes to a boil.
  • Continue to cook to a soft ball stage, approximately 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer. (If you do a cold water test, drizzle a drop of candy into a glass of cold water, the ball of candy will flatten between your fingers when you take it out of the water.)
  • Remove from heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Add the vanilla and nuts, and beat with a spoon by hand for approximately 2 minutes or until candy is slightly thick and begins to lose its gloss.
  • Quickly drop heaping tablespoons onto waxed paper. If the candy becomes stiff while you're dropping it on to the wax paper, add a few drops of hot water.