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French settlers brought this classic candy to Louisiana, where both sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful.

Recipe by Southern Living September 2001

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Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 2 1/2 dozen
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Bring sugars and milk to a boil in a Dutch oven, stirring often. Cook over medium heat, stirring often, 11 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 228° (thread stage).

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  • Stir in butter and pecans; cook, stirring constantly, until candy thermometer registers 236° (soft ball stage).

  • Remove from heat; stir in vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon 1 to 2 minutes or just until mixture begins to thicken. Quickly drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto buttered wax paper or parchment paper; let stand until firm.

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