These Pistachio Pralines are a creative twist on the classic southern pecan praline recipe. The vibrant green and earthy-sweet nut adds a new element of creaminess that plays well with that sweetness of the sugar. Chop up a few extra pistachios to garnish the tops of the pralines, along with a sprinkle of flaky sea salt that further serves to balance the sugary-sweet flavor. These pralines would be perfect given as a token of appreciation to your dinner party host or served as a sophisticated treat at bridal or baby showers, holiday parties, or any other celebratory function.  


Credit: Briana Riddock

Recipe Summary

5 mins
45 mins
Makes: 10-12 pralines


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Instructions Checklist
  • Combine the dark brown sugar, granulated sugar, heavy cream and butter in a medium saucepan; stir to combine. Heat over medium-high; bring sugar mixture to a boil, stirring frequently. Cook until the mixture reaches 235°F (soft ball stage) on a candy thermometer; remove from heat and whisk continuously for about 3 minutes.

  • Add the vanilla extract and pistachios, stirring until mixture has slightly thickened, about 1 minute. 

  • Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the mixture per praline onto a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle evenly with sea salt and finely chopped pistachios, if desired. Cool for 30 minutes. Enjoy immediately or store in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.