Southern Pecan Candy

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 40 min. + cooling


about 2 pounds

Updated: Oct. 14, 2022
Unlike traditional pralines, this recipe is spread in a pan, then cut into squares. It is loaded with pecans and has the same sweet taste as pralines. The candy was in my mother's recipe collection and dates back to 1941.—June Moffett, Santa Ana, California
Southern Pecan Candy Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 teaspoon butter plus 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside. In a large heavy skillet over medium-low heat, cook 1 cup sugar until melted. Do not stir. Reduce heat to low; cook for 5 minutes or until golden brown.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine cream and remaining sugar. Slowly pour in cooked sugar. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage). Transfer to a large bowl; stir in butter and baking soda. Cool until mixture reaches 110°.
  3. Add vanilla. Beat until smooth and thickened, about 2 minutes. Stir in pecans. Quickly spread into prepared pan; cool completely. Using foil, lift candy out of pan. Discard foil. Store candy in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 ounce-weight: 194 calories, 12g fat (2g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.