Southern Creamy Pralines

Southern creamy pralines are a classic Southern treat made with pecans, sugar, butter, cream, and vanilla. They have a creamy texture and a rich, caramelized flavor that melts in your mouth. Here’s how to make them at home:


  • – 1 cup granulated sugar
  • – 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • – 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • – 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • – 1 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat and set it aside.

2. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, brown sugar, heavy cream, and unsalted butter.

3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture comes to a boil.

4. Once the mixture comes to a boil, insert a candy thermometer into the saucepan and continue to cook the mixture, stirring occasionally, until it reaches the soft-ball stage, which is about 238°F (114°C).

5. Once the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it cool for 1-2 minutes.

6. Stir in the pecan halves and vanilla extract until well combined.

7. Using a spoon or cookie scoop, drop spoonfuls of the praline mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 2 inches apart.

8. Let the pralines cool and set at room temperature for about 30 minutes, or until firm.

9. Once the pralines are firm, carefully remove them from the baking sheet and store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

10. Serve the creamy pralines as a sweet treat or gift them to friends and family.

Enjoy the rich, creamy texture and sweet, nutty flavor of these Southern creamy pralines as a delicious indulgence!

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