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New Orleans Old Style Pralines

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  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 stick butter (6 tablespoons)
  • 1 1/2 cups pecans (roasted optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine all ingredients and bring to soft ball stage (230 to 240 degrees F), stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir until mixture thickens, becomes creamy and cloudy, and pecans stay suspended in mixture.
  3. Spoon out onto aluminum foil or parchment paper.

Yield: approximately 15 to 20 pralines, depending on size

To roast pecans, bake them on a sheet pan at 275 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes until slightly brown.

Option: To make Praline Sauce, add 1/2 cup corn syrup to mixture.