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


  • 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 vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 121 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (16g sugars, trace fiber), 1g protein


  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

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2015

"Delicious only suggestion is that people at higher altitudes be sure and check their candy thermometer and make adjustments to the temperatures as suggested. Once candy is done, you need to work very quickly to place candy on waxed paper or candy will set up in the pan. After candy begins to firm up, I loosened candy from paper using a metal spatula, preventing problems with sticking to the paper (rather than buttering paper.)"

Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

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

Reviewed Jul. 2, 2013

"I will add more pecans next time."

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012


Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

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

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