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Nanny's Basic Pecan Pralines

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 18 to 20 pralines
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1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup white granulated sugar

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

1 1/2 cups whole pecans

Butter, to grease cookie sheet


  1. Place sugars, water and cream in a heavy, medium saucepan over moderate heat. Stir often and cook to a soft ball stage, about 8 to 10 minutes. Use a candy thermometer; the soft-ball stage is between 234 degrees F and 240 degrees F.
  2. Remove from heat and beat mixture with an electric mixer in the pot on low setting until creamy, 2 or 3 minutes. Stir in all the pecans to coat evenly. Using a soup spoon or tablespoon, drop big spoonfuls of praline mixture onto a buttered sheet pan to cool.