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Buttermilk Pralines Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:24 servings


  • 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. Yield: 1-1/2 pounds.

Nutritional Facts

1 ounce-weight: 120 calories, 5g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 68mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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aliceable User ID: 7469115 216012
Reviewed 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."

[email protected] User ID: 2953493 34149
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3877776 29633
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2011

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

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