Buttermilk Pralines Recipe

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Years ago, I received this candy recipe from a dear friend in Texas. The creamy texture and sumptuous sweetness has earned me rave reviews each time I've made it.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 ounce) equals 120 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 68 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, buttermilk and baking soda. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 210°.
  2. Stir in butter and pecans; cook until thermometer reads 230°. Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture loses its gloss and begins to set, about 8 minutes. Quickly drop by teaspoonfuls onto foil-lined baking sheets. Cool. Yield: 1-1/2 pounds.
Originally published as Buttermilk Pralines in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p38

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Reviewed Dec. 26, 2014

"I rec'd this recipe from a neighbor in Texas when I was in the 6th grade. I've been making it since the 70's ! You will need a candy thermometer and patience. Very worth the effort."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"huge disappointment. i stirred and stirred for over 40 minutes and the stuff never set. waste of time and energy and money. so bummed..."

Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

"I have made this recipe several, several times; and they are the best pralines that I have ever eaten!"

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