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Southern Pecan Pralines

Southern Pecan Pralines, a New Orleans signature candy, are sweet and crunchy and are great for sharing.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Additional Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, homemade, New Orleans, Pecans, pralines, southern
Servings: 1 batch
Calories: 263kcal
Author: Jane Smith


  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp orange extract optional
  • 2 cups chopped pecans


  • In a heavy bottom saucepan, add the sugars, buttermilk, corn syrup, baking soda, and salt. Cook slowly over medium heat until the mixture reaches 235F on a candy thermometer.
  • Stir the mixture constantly with a wooden spoon while it cooks. The mixture will begin to increase in volume as the temperature rises. Keep stirring making sure to stir the edges so the sauce doesn’t burn.
  • Remove from heat once it reaches 235F and add the butter, vanilla, orange extract, and pecans. Stir continuously for ten minutes until the mixture becomes thick.
  • As the sauce cools, it will turn into a thick, silky caramel. Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment-lined baking sheets.
  • Allow to cool completely (about 30 mins).



Serving: 1/12 batch | Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 120mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g