Creamy Smooth Pecan Pralines

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

From Best of the Best from America Cookbook by Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley. Posted for ZWT5, France/Cajun region.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine sugar, syrup, water, and pecans in heavy 3-quart saucepan.
  2. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches soft-ball stage (small amount forms soft ball when dropped into cold water).
  3. Remove saucepan from heat; add margarine and vanilla.
  4. Allow candy to cool.
  5. Whip until mixture gradually changes to lighter color and becomes creamy.
  6. Drop by tablespoons onto buttered cookie sheet (Push mixture from tablespoon with a teaspoon to hasten dropping before praline becomes too firm to shape).
Most Helpful

Easy to make and set up perfectly. I used butter instead of margarine. After removing from the heat, the mixture took a long time to cool, but once it did, it set up fast. I love pralines! Made for the Dining Daredevils for ZWT5 Family Picks.

Michelle Berteig June 09, 2009

This is not a 30 minute recipe by far! 30 minutes later they are still sitting to cool down and thicken. I was quite disappointed as was my client. She wanted them for dessert. I hope after her nap they will have thickened to the right consistency.

Cheryl S. July 07, 2014

I just finished this recipe with my children. We love it. It was easy to make, one thing I had to substitue the Karo syrup with light Karo syrup. It still came out perfest. I even got to use my brand new candy thermometer. I will definitely be doing the recipe for many years to come. Thanks for posting.

500631 November 17, 2010