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Microwave Pralines

 Microwave Pralines
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
24 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + standing


  • 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 McCormick® Pure 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.
Editor’s Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave. We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 piece equals 128 calories, 5 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 9 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.