Rating: 4.5 stars
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

Delicious candy and pretty easy to make.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
45 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 pralines
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Lightly grease the inside of a 4-quart saucepan. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.

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  • Stir the brown sugar, white sugar, baking soda, sour cream, and corn syrup together in the oiled pan; place over low heat. Cook and stir continually until the sugars are dissolved. Wipe any sugar crystals above the liquid line with a pastry brush moistened with cold water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Do not stir once the sugar syrup begins to boil. Heat to 240 degrees F (115 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. Remove from heat; stir in the butter, vanilla, and chopped pecans.

  • Drop spoonfuls of the mixture 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets. Press a pecan half into the top of each praline. Allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container in a cool place.

Nutrition Facts

208 calories; protein 1.3g; carbohydrates 29.2g; fat 10.6g; cholesterol 6.8mg; sodium 43mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (10)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2009
I was in the mood for pralines and decided upon this recipe. I am just learning how to make candies and this turned out wonderful! It was so smooth and melt in your mouth delicious. Very sweet of course too. I have a gas stove so I started off with low heat like the recipe said and kept it there for the whole recipe - basically from fear that it'd burn and not turn out well if I turned up the heat (like I said not an experienced candy maker yet) It sure took a while to get to 240F like this but the end result was worth it. I will definitely make this recipe again daring to venture into turning up the heat next time as the recipe states. I also toasted my pecans. Thanks so much for sharing! Read More
(65)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2015
It was scorching before it boiled - while we were stirring it. Read More
16 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2009
I was in the mood for pralines and decided upon this recipe. I am just learning how to make candies and this turned out wonderful! It was so smooth and melt in your mouth delicious. Very sweet of course too. I have a gas stove so I started off with low heat like the recipe said and kept it there for the whole recipe - basically from fear that it'd burn and not turn out well if I turned up the heat (like I said not an experienced candy maker yet) It sure took a while to get to 240F like this but the end result was worth it. I will definitely make this recipe again daring to venture into turning up the heat next time as the recipe states. I also toasted my pecans. Thanks so much for sharing! Read More
(65)
Rating: 4 stars
11/23/2009
Excellent recipe I lined my cookie sheet with graham wafers and poured the mixture over. Cool and broke into pieces extra yummy!!! worth trying you won't be sorry.... lydd Read More
(27)
Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
I burned the first batch when the phone rang....I started over and was afraid I was going to burn the second batch but I kept stirring even after it started to boil.Took longer than 45 minutes and it was very thick! I had a pan with 12 openings square greased it with unsalted butter pecans and about 1/3 cup of the hot candy. I placed a whole pecan on the top and smiled.They were shiny and beautiful! My husband and I ate the little ones I turned out on Parchmont paper.We were impressed! Very nice candy.Thank you for sharing. I will carefully make these again!!!! Read More
(22)
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Rating: 4 stars
02/23/2011
The taste is very good but wax paper is not what you should use. The hot candy will melt the wax. Unless you like paper stuck to the bottom of your pralines you will be disappointed. I threw out my first batch because of this. For the second batch I switched to parchment paper and they turned out fine. They do start to set up quickly so work fast. Two tablespoons was the technique I used. One to scoop up the mixture and the other to catch the drippings as I moved to the paper. The second spoon also help get all the mixture off the first spoon. They are easy to make and can be made well in advance of gifting. Thanks for an easy and tasty recipe. Read More
(19)
Rating: 5 stars
04/09/2010
These were awesome! A big hit in my house. These are going on my list for Christmas baskets. I liked that they were very easy---no need to stand at the stove stirring for a long time. Once it starts to boil you stop stirring and just keep an eye on the candy thermometer. Keep in mind that they start to firm up within a few minutes once you start putting them on the cookie sheets. So move quickly. My 12-year-old daughter put the pecans on to help with that. Thanks for a fun and easy recipe! Read More
(10)
Rating: 4 stars
07/28/2012
Great recipe just not user friendly as it is hard to decipher when the caramel sauce is done. I think I overcooked mine:( Read More
(5)
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Rating: 5 stars
05/31/2012
Really a good recipe and they were eaten as soon as I finished. This is a sign of a great praline. I made two other batches and they came out hard and gooey... sad. I recommend being patient because they cook a little longer than you think.:) P.S I used my large baking silicone mat on the counter... worked just fine! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2011
OMGosh...... These pralines are DELICIOUS and I DIDN"T CHANGE A THING!!!!!! Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
02/26/2014
I don't write reviews often but this recipe deserved one. These pralines turned out perfect! In fact they were better than the ones I bought at a specialty candy store in Atlanta. Follow the recipe EXACTLY as written and you too will have perfect pralines! My husband wanted me to also say that he thought they too were awesome! Thank you Melissa for sharing this wonderful recipe! Read More
(2)
Rating: 1 stars
12/22/2015
It was scorching before it boiled - while we were stirring it. Read More