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Buttermilk Pralines

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling


1-1/2 pounds

Years ago, I received this candy recipe from a dear friend in Texas. The creamy texture and sumptuous sweetness has earned me rave reviews each time I've made it.
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  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, buttermilk and baking soda. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 210°.
  2. Stir in butter and pecans; cook until thermometer reads 230°. Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture loses its gloss and begins to set, about 8 minutes. Quickly drop by teaspoonfuls onto foil-lined baking sheets. Cool.

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  • Connie
    Dec 22, 2020

    I'm from Texas and I, too, have had this recipe for 40 years. I lost it last year and I went into a panic. Thank you for posting this because it is a Christmas staple.

  • aliceable
    Dec 26, 2014

    I rec'd this recipe from a neighbor in Texas when I was in the 6th grade. I've been making it since the 70's ! You will need a candy thermometer and patience. Very worth the effort.

  • engle01
    Dec 1, 2012

    No comment left

  • amyeminor
    Dec 19, 2011

    huge disappointment. i stirred and stirred for over 40 minutes and the stuff never set. waste of time and energy and money. so bummed...

  • maryann1945
    Jan 3, 2011

    I have made this recipe several, several times; and they are the best pralines that I have ever eaten!