Pecan Pralines

Total Time:
1 hr
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
20 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
24 candies, about 12 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons (1/2 pound) light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon bourbon
Directions
Watch how to make this recipe.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

  • Spread the pecans on a cookie sheet, and place in the oven for 3 minutes. For even toasting, turn the tray, front to back. Toss the nuts with a metal spatula and bake for another 3 minutes. You'll know they're done when they give off their fragrant aroma, and be sure to check them so they don't become overbaked or charred.

  • Line a cookie sheet with baking parchment.

  • Fit a heavy-bottomed saucepan with a candy thermometer. Over high heat, cook the cream, butter, and brown sugar to 240 degrees F (soft ball). If necessary, stir once to help dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and let sit for 15 seconds.

  • Carefully (it may sputter) stir in the vanilla, bourbon, and toasted pecans. Vigorously stir with a spoon for 10 seconds, until the mixture looks creamy and slightly thickened. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.

  • Let cool for 20 minutes.


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