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Southern Pralines

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
    about 3-1/2 dozen

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 vanilla extract

Directions

  • 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.
  • Carefully stir in pecans and butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage).
  • 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.
  • Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper; spread to form 2-in. patties. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
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.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 121 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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