Total Time:
45 min
20 min
10 min
15 min

about 10 servings


Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. Put the sugars, salt, corn syrup, milk, and butter in saucepan. Over medium heat, stir mixture constantly with a wooden spoon until sugars have dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Continue to cook to a soft ball stage, approximately 236 degrees F on a candy thermometer. (If you do a cold water test, drizzle a drop of candy into a glass of cold water, the ball of candy will flatten between your fingers when you take it out of the water.) Remove from heat and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.

Add the vanilla and nuts, and beat with a spoon by hand for approximately 2 minutes or until candy is slightly thick and begins to lose its gloss. Quickly drop heaping tablespoons onto waxed paper. If the candy becomes stiff, add a few drops of hot water.

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Delicious and easy to make! Thanks Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe, as always, Paula. Thanks for sharing it. Hope you and yours have a most blessed holiday season. Around this house we say MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These remind me of when I was in Savannah. Soooooo good! Thanks again Paula! item not reviewed by moderator and published
If your pralines don't set properly and are gooey, you don't have bad pralines. What you have is an absolutely spectacular ice cream topping. Can't lose! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wonderful recipe! I have made several batches over the past couple of weeks and they are delicious. I love the rich, buttery flavor! As good as any I have ever had in Louisiana (and I ate them by the dozens whenever I was down South. I let the candy boil after it reaches soft ball for about 4 minutes before shutting off the burner. The ten minute rest is a must, and I stir mine for about 3 minutes instead of 2 (and don't try to cheat with a hand mixer - it doesn't work!. You have to spoon fast and furious because they begin to dry very quickly. I live in the desert, and found that when I tried to make a batch when it had been humid and rainy for a few days, I had to re-boil them for a few minutes because they were not solidifying. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The flavor is good but mine set too quickly so I ended with a big mass of goo in the pan. I turned off the burner at the right temp. according to the termomether, I left them rest for 10 mins. and was only able to beat them by hand for 1 1/2 because they started solidifying very quickly. I don't know what I did wrong. item not reviewed by moderator and published
yum!!!! just finished making these with my 9 year old daughter. creamy consistency and lovely caramel color. didn't find the recipe to be difficult. it does take a little patience to wait for the candy to reach the right temp. used the water trick and worked perfectly. i think the key is to give it the full 10 minutes to cool prior to spooning on to paper. love all paula's recipes and i for one am glad it's full of sugar and butter! you go girl! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very happy that these came out so well...literally just like the ones my Mom made when I was young. My husband had never had them and he loves them! The recipe is very easy to make and having a candy thermometer makes it that much easier. The prep itself is quick and the most difficult part is waiting for them to cool! :- item not reviewed by moderator and published
I think this recipe was very easy to make, especially after I figured out the Candy test. I was in GA for Christmas and stopped at a place in the Underground Railroad Mall, downtown ATL. The pralines there was delicious. Now I know how to make myself. Yummy, and the co-workers and friends love them too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great. I live outside of New Orleans and was raised on these things. This was my first time making pralines, it was so much easier then I expected. The only negitive thing I would say is that I think ten minutes was a little too long for cooling I will go maybe five next time. My frinds and family loved these pralines. Thanks Paula Dean! item not reviewed by moderator and published

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