Pecan Pralines

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Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 15 min
Difficulty: Moderate

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2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup half-and-half
1/3   stick butter
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cup whole pecans





Combine all ingredients except the pecans in a heavy saucepan. Over medium heat stir mixture until it comes to a boil. Turn heat down to medium-low and continue to stir. Spoon mixture up on sides of pan to melt any sugar that hasn’t melted.

Cook until mixture reaches 238 to 241 degrees F. on a candy thermometer or soft ball stage. Stir in the pecans. Remove from heat. Stir until the mixture begins to thicken and becomes creamy and cloudy. Drop onto parchment paper, buttered pan or buttered marble slab, using a spoon or ice cream scoop. Let cool.

A viewer, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe and therefore, we cannot make representation as to the results.

Prep Time - 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time - 10 minutes
Cook Time - 15 minutes
Yield - 15 to 20 pralines
Difficulty - Intermediate

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By Cliff Sanders on July 20, 2013


I have made this recipe several times! I made them for our deacons in the church for Christmas! They loved them....I have had several request since then and have been given 12 pounds of pecans so I can make more! Love this recipe!

By Nicole on June 09, 2013


I make the pecan pralines myself. perfect in bread pudding.

By sheila cooper on February 29, 2012


I want the praline candy recipe you han on Paula, tv cooking show. You cooked the sugars. Stirred in pecans and then simlply poured the ingredients in a 9x13 pan to cool then cut out they were perfect..Thanks Cynthia

By Cynthia bennett on October 21, 2011


I love Paula Deen show and I love trying new recipes from her books, especially the cookies & different sweets & bread recipes. I have always loved to bake so my family & friends love it when I try the new recipes. Thank you Paula Deen, Sandy

By Sandy Bernard on December 21, 2010


I am looking for a very (very) easy pecan snack. They are individual, a little salty and very little sweet. they do not cluster, one at a time. Yummy!!! do you have any very easy recipe? Sarah PS my daughter and granddaughter and I visited Savannah this late spring and we ate at your resaurant and uncle bubba's, both were awesome..Now to get my hubby down to savannah!!! smile lol I can see why you live in Savannah, its a delightful city.

By sarah smith on December 14, 2010


Good recipe. I made it after looking at many other recipes. I decided to add 1 teaspoon of vanilla and it came out fine. They came out a little grainy but after further reading I found that pralines are best if made when the weather is dry outside. I made them on a very rainy/humid Georgia day. I will definitely try them again.

By Anonymous on November 21, 2010


To the lady who had trouble with this recipe: Make sure you use a heavy saucepan, you can't make pralines on a day that is humid or rainy, and you have to stir them a long time sometimes, and sometimes if you cook them too long, they are grainy. I"ve made pralines for years and sometimes a batch just doens't turn out, but the next one will. My recipe uses buttermilk instead of half and half.

By Anonymous on November 09, 2010


I've used this recipe for pecan pralines three times now. They have turned out perfect each time. I think they taste just as good, if not better, than the pralines you buy at the candy store in Savannah!

By Anonymous on March 29, 2010


The taste was fantastic - I did add a bit more butter but it only enhanced the flavor. One thing to note is that once you have mixed in your pecans, it's game on. You must be ready to transfer the candies to your paper/marble or whatever quickly as the mixture will set quickly. Otherwise, I had not problems - no grain texture, just pure indulgence! - Sharon B.

By Anonymous on December 19, 2009


This recipe was absolutely wonderful! So easy. I made them for a friend of mine who loves pecan pralines and they came out beautiful. They are just like the ones I use to buy her at Savannah's Sweets. Thanks for putting this recipe out there for us. Bonnie

By Anonymous on December 17, 2009

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