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These Foolproof Microwave Southern Pralines are a MUST make! SO simple, made entirely in the microwave with NO candy thermometer needed! It makes buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, authentic tasting Southern Pralines that are to die for!
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Foolproof Microwave Southern Pralines

These Perfectly Foolproof Microwave Pralines taste totally authentic but are made entirely in the microwave with NO candy thermometer!!
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time28 minutes
Course: Candy
Servings: 9 -12
Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel


  • cups granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk or heavy whipping cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • First: know the wattage of your microwave. This recipe works best on a 1000-watt microwave. If your microwave is less than 1000-watts, you may need to increase the cooking time. If it is higher than 1000-watts, you may want to decrease the cooking time.
  • In a large plastic microwaveable bowl, add in the sugar, heavy cream, salt, butter, and pecans. Do not stir. Microwave on HIGH power for 3 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir for 30 seconds. Microwave again on HIGH power for another 3 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir for about 45 seconds. Lastly, microwave once more for 2 minutes and 30 seconds on HIGH power.
  • Remove from the microwave and add in the vanilla. Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon, stirring vigorously until mixture becomes thickened and cloudy/dull in color, about 2 minutes or so.
  • Working quickly, drop heaping spoonfuls of the pralines onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Allow pralines to cool and set at room temperature before storing in an airtight container.