I concocted my own recipe for these delectable Southern sweets by adjusting several others I tried. My family thinks these pralines have the perfect texture and just the right taste. Packaged in colorful tins, they make great gifts. -Pat Stevens, Granbury, Texas
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 8 large marshmallows
- 2 cups coarsely chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Dash ground cinnamon
- Lightly butter two baking sheets or line with waxed paper; set aside. In a saucepan, combine the sugars, milk and marshmallows. Cook and stir over low heat until marshmallows are completely melted. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 234°-240° (soft-ball stage).
- Without stirring or scraping, pour hot liquid into another saucepan. Add the pecans, butter, vanilla and cinnamon. Stir rapidly until mixture is thickened and creamy, about 3 minutes. Drop quickly by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Flatten slightly. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as Pecan Pralines in Taste of Home April/May 2002, p31
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