Southern Pralines Recipe
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Southern Pralines Recipe

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This recipe is truly Southern, and it's been a family favorite for years. I've packed many a Christmas tin with this candy.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 42 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 cups packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract

Nutritional Facts

1 praline equals 121 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 31 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the brown sugar, cream, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook until a candy thermometer reads 230° (thread stage), stirring occasionally.
  2. Carefully stir in pecans and butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage).
  3. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until candy thickens and begins to lose its gloss, about 4-5 minutes.
  4. Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper; spread to form 2-in. patties. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: 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.
Originally published as Southern Pralines in Country December/January 1997, p49

Nutritional Facts

1 praline equals 121 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 31 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"They didn't harden. Also make sure the waxed paper is buttered. I had a nasty mess."

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Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"I will add more pecans next time."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"Yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"Correction to my previous review: I need to cut these into squares before they completely harden."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"I make these every Christmas. I follow the recipe exactly and they turn out perfect. I like lisapeters suggestion of spreading them in a pan and cutting them into squares when they harden. That's better than dropping the patties as fast as you can before they harden."

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