Southern Pecan Pralines

Southern Living
3 pounds


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1 tablespoon butter
3 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 cups evaporated milk
1/4 cup light corn syrup
1 stick (1/2 cup) butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted


Coat sides of a Dutch oven with 1 tablespoon butter. Add brown sugar and next 4 ingredients. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves (about 5 minutes). Cover and cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes to wash down sugar crystals from sides of pan. Uncover and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 to 12 minutes or until mixture reaches soft ball stage (234°). Remove from heat; stir in 1/2 cup butter and vanilla.

Beat with a wooden spoon 5 minutes or until mixture is creamy and begins to thicken. Stir in pecans. Working quickly, drop mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls onto lightly greased wax paper; let stand until firm.

Created date

August 2002