New Orleans Pralines Recipe

When we visit my parents in New Orleans, I enjoy getting together with my Dad to whip up some of his delicious pralines. We always double or even triple this recipe! This is his recipe and it works every time.

New Orleans Pralines

New Orleans Pralines

Serves 36 small
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Milk, Tree Nuts
Meal type Dessert
Misc Freezable


  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 2 cups Pecans (Halves are traditional, but I like to use pecan pieces)


Step 1
Combine the first five ingredients in a heavy pot. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring continuously, until the temperature reaches 238 degrees on a candy thermometer (soft ball stage.) This takes a good little chunk of time - engage your husband or older kids.
Step 2
Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Beat by hand until the mixture slightly thickens.
Step 3
Add pecans and mix to cover. Drop spoonfuls onto wax paper to cool. The size is completely up to you. I usually use a small ice cream scoop that might be a heaping tablespoon. Some folks like giant pralines. Make bite sized candies for parties.
Step 4
Store in an airtight container or freeze.

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  2. Kate @ The Shopping Mama says:

    These look amazing! So delicious.

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