Old-fashioned pecan praline recipe

An easy and delicious Southern treat

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The only thing more Southern than the pecan praline is Mrs. Paula Deen herself. This recipe has been a favorite among the lower states for centuries and it couldn't be easier to recreate. This bark-like candy is sweet without being overpowering and a dash salty from the chunks of hearty pecans. Make this recipe today for an easy and delicious way to bring the South into your home!

Pralines are a bark candy — each perfectly soft, crunchy, sweet and salty praline is unique in its shape and flavor. These make the perfect holiday gift as well as a great favor for spring and summer weddings! Plus, you can make this delicious candy a week a head of time and freeze them!

Pecan praline recipe

Yields about 12 pieces


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Grease a baking sheet with butter or nonstick cooking spray. Place brown sugar, white sugar and milk in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil. Add in butter, pecans, vanilla extract and heat (without stirring) until mixture is at 234 - 240 degrees F.
  2. Remove from heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, vigorously stir the mixture until it thickens up a bit. Then, pour mixture onto the baking sheet and chill so it hardens up. Once mixture is chilled and hardened, break into bite size pieces and enjoy!

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