Pecan Pralines


  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F.
  2. Spread the pecans on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 3 minutes.
  3. Stir and bake for 3 more minutes (watch them closely so the don’t get over toasted).
  4. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Use a heavy sauce pan, over high heat, cook the cream, butter and brown sugar to 245°F.
  6. If necessary, stir once to help dissolve the sugar.
  7. Remove from the heat and let sit for 15 seconds.
  8. Carefully stir in the vanilla and toasted pecans.
  9. Stir until the mixture looks creamy and slightly thickened.
  10. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheet.
  11. Cool for 20 minutes.