Old-Fashioned Southern Pecan Pralines

Pecans are cooked to the soft ball stage with brown sugar, white sugar, evaporated milk and butter and then beaten and poured on a slab to firm up in these sweet, chewy candies.


1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
½ cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
1 ¼ cups pecan halves
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract


Step 1 Generously grease a large slab or baking sheet.
Step 2 In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, white sugar and milk. Bring to a boil. Stir in butter, pecans and vanilla. Heat, without stirring, to between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 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 and let cool 5 minutes.
Step 3 Beat until thickened, then pour immediately onto prepared surface and let rest until firm and completely cool before cutting.

Nutrition Facts
Per Serving: 146 calories; protein 1.1g; carbohydrates 22.4g; fat 6.5g; cholesterol 4.9mg; sodium 17.9mg.

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