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New Orleans Creamy Pralines [GF, V]

Pecan Pralines have rich history in the South, particularly in New Orleans!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy, dessert, party, pralines
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 18 pralines


  • 2 C. light brown sugar tightly packed
  • 2 C. white granulated sugar
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 1 T. unsalted butter
  • 6 oz. evaporated milk
  • 2 C. pecan pieces
  • 1/4 t. vanilla


  1. Combine everything except pecans and stir on low heat until sugar is melted.
  2. Stir in pecans and raise heat to medium.
  3. When temperature reaches 235-240 degrees (soft ball stage) remove from heat and let stand 2 minutes.

  4. Stir 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  5. Using a heaping tablespoon, form pralines on silicone mats or parchment paper. Let harden.
  6. Serve or transfer to an airtight container and leave on the counter for up to a week.
  7. #enJOY!

Recipe Notes

Naturally gluten free and vegetarian.