After-the-Dance Pralines

This beloved Louisiana confection got its name from the tradition of young women in New Orleans making them before going to a ball and then enjoying them with friends (and beaux) at their homes afterward.

Yield: Makes 20 pralines
Recipe from Southern Living

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  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans, lightly toasted


  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Stir together brown sugar and beaten egg white, and fold in chopped pecans.
  3. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto a heavy-duty aluminum foil-lined baking sheet.
  4. Turn off oven; place baking sheet in oven, and let pralines stand 8 hours in oven.
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