Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! Even if you’ve never been to the South, you have GOT to try this recipe for my Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines! A cross between cookies and candy, this unique, melt-in-your-mouth treat is studded with pecans with a wonderful buttery flavor. Totally irresistible!

I have only been to the South a couple of times, but each time I have gone, I have actively sought out pecan pralines. They are by far one of my FAVORITE desserts in both flavor profile and just as-is.

However, I have only found Southern pecan pralines at the Atlanta airport, of all places. So you bet your booty I bought ALL OF THE PRALINES to take home and share with my California born-and-bred family. However, there was a small issue: I ate all the pralines on the plane.

Oops.

They truly are unlike anything I’ve ever had here in California. A cross between a buttery cookie and a melt-in-your-mouth candy, they’re totally unique and have an amazing butter and brown sugar flavor. Inside there are pockets of crunchy, salty pecans for an amazing toasted, nutty flavor.

And if you’re like me, you’ll instantly fall in LOVE with these delicious creations!

Pralines can be finicky little devils, but I think I have mastered this into an easy, nearly foolproof recipe. Some of the issues people have is that the pralines never set up, or they spread too much. But I have tips that will ensure your pralines come out perfectly round and utterly amazing each and every time with my tested recipe!

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! To make these baddies, simply bring together some pecans, granulated white sugar, brown sugar, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla, and a pinch of salt together and boil it until a candy thermometer reads between 235° – 240° degrees F.

Then, once the mixture hits the sweet temperature spot, beat the daylights out of it with a wooden spoon until it thickens and gets almost cloudy-looking. This will ensure the candy is firm enough to set up properly.

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! And to make those perfectly round morsels of heaven? Simply spoon the hot candy (be careful!) into cupcake liners and let cool completely. Once they’re cooled and set, simply peel back the cupcake liners and you have evenly round little pralines!

And oh my gosh, they’ll be impossible to resist!

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe!

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Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines
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Serves: 16-20
 
These Perfect Southern Pecan Pralines are a unique cross between cookies and candy! Flavored with butter, sugar, vanilla and toasted pecans, they're a melt-in-your-mouth candy you HAVE to try.
Ingredients
  • 1 & ½ cups pecan halves or chopped pecans
  • 1 & ½ cups granulated white sugar
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup + 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cubed
  • ½ cup evaporated milk (NOT sweetened condensed milk)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Line 2 cupcake tins with about 16-20 paper liners. Set aside briefly.
  2. In a large, heavy bottomed saucepan, combine the pecan halves, sugars, butter, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, and salt and bring to a boil over medium heat. Stick in a candy thermometer and stir constantly while boiling until temperature reaches 235° to 240° degrees F, about 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and working quickly and CAREFULLY, beat the mixture vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture thickens and almost turns cloudy and opaque in color, about 2-5 minutes.
  3. Working fast, use a spoon or cookie dough scoop to portion the hot candy into each muffin tin, covering the bottom of the muffin cup. You should get about 16-20 candies, depending on how much you fill each cupcake tin. Cool the candy COMPLETELY. Candy is ready once it's reached room temperature and is firm and solid. Peel away cupcake liners before serving.

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! Buttery, toasty candies filled with crunchy pecans, brown sugar, and aromatic vanilla. There’s so much to love about these pecan pralines!

This recipe makes the most PERFECT Southern-style Pecan Pralines! Buttery, nutty and filled with brown sugar, toasted pecan and vanilla flavors, they practically melt-in-your-mouth with this foolproof recipe! Have a super sweet day!

xo, Hayley

Comments

  1. Why did I have to see this recipe while I’m hungry! Oh my gosh they look simply amazing!

  2. Michael Slezak says:

    Hartley,
    Can this recipe be doubled when making them or must it be made,in single batches like most other candy recipes?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      I would recommend making this in single batches. However, I’ll try to double it next time I make it and will report back!

  3. can you tell me are these soft and creamy ? Are they a little firm and hard ? Can you please let me know ?

    • thedomesticrebel says:

      Hi Jo! They are firm when you bite into them (but not tooth-breaking hard!) but once you’ve bitten through, they are almost creamy and basically melt in your mouth. Very delicious!

  4. Atlanta Airport the only place you could find Pralines! You must not have looked for long or maybe Atlanta has seceded from the South. Try Savannah Candy Kitchen. They ship all over the world. And next time you travel to GA visit Savannah or any of the coastal cities. And the way we make pralines here is to pore the hot mixture onto a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper lining. Then you break it apart like brittle.

  5. These look SO good! I second the above, Savannah Candy Kitchen! I also live in CA, and when I visited my sister in Savannah, I brought them back pralines from there. They have a great website you can order from.

    https://www.savannahcandy.com/category/Pecan-Pralines-Candy

  6. Do you have to use a wooden spoon?

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