These are a big hit with the people we give them to at Christmas. Making candy has never been more simple!—Linda Starlin, St. Johns, Michigan
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1-1/2 cups pecan halves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line two baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside. In a microwave-safe 2-qt. bowl, combine the sugars, water, corn syrup and butter. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes; stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook 1-2 minutes longer or until a candy thermometer reads 234° (soft-ball stage), stirring after each minute.
- Add pecans and vanilla; stir just until mixture starts to thicken, about 1 minute. Working quickly, drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Flatten slightly. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Microwave Pralines in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p122
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Reviewed Dec. 2, 2012
"Super easy to make, no milk products a plus, and oh so tasty... :) Will make again and again"