The Twelve Days of Cookies – Pecan Pralines

Easy Pecan Pralines are a great southern treat.  Simple to make using a handful of ingredients, these will be a favorite dessert at any party.

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Ok, so I know this is not technically a “cookie” but it’s shaped like a cookie and everyone likes a little candy mixed into their cookie tray. Right? Well, I do….so I’m sharing this recipe with you whether you’re a cookie-candy person or not.

An old friend, who lived in Louisianna, gave me this recipe about 15 years ago. We lost touch several years ago but everytime I eat a praline I think of her. It makes me realize how fast time goes by and how easy it is to lose touch with people that had an impact on your life in some way. And then I remember all the friends I’ve had in my life….some I still talk to regularly….others that we parted ways long ago. Sometimes for the best but I still miss them and will always remember them.

It also makes me treasure recipes that are handed down to me by friends and family. It’s amazing how your senses can take you back to a certain moment in time….a smell or taste can catapult you back to 1987 in an instant when you had big hair and even bigger pants.

That’s what this cookie, that’s not really a cookie, does for me.

The sweet caramel covered pecan morsels are the perfect ending to any holiday meal. They’re fantastic in these mini pumpkin cheesecakes. Or you can wrap a few in cellophane along with these magic bars and give to your holiday guests as they head home. A great treat for them to remember the memories you made that evening.

Pecan Pralines

The Twelve Days of Cookies – Pecan Pralines

Course: Candy, cookies
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: pecan pralines
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 193 kcal
Author: Kellie

A southern staple, Pecan Pralines are soooo easy to make with just a few simple ingredients.



  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 1/3 stick of salted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole pecans


  1. In a large saucepan over medium high heat, combine the sugar, half and half, butter, baking soda and vanilla. Stir the mixture until boiling and the sugar has disolved completely. Turn the heat to medium low and continue stiring until the mixture reaches 238 - 241 degrees on a candy thermometer or soft ball stage. (The mixture will begin to take on a light caramel color.) Stir in the pecans and remove from the heat. Stir the mixture until it begins to thicken and becomes creamy.
  2. Using a tablespoon, drop onto parchment paper, a butter pan or silicone baking mat. Let it cool completely.
  3. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
The Twelve Days of Cookies – Pecan Pralines
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 16mg1%
Potassium 61mg2%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 27g30%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 24mg2%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Landon loves them!

6 comments on “The Twelve Days of Cookies – Pecan Pralines”

  1. These look wonderful and I have a bag of pecans that are just calling for me to turn them into pralines! 🙂

  2. These do look delicious. I have tried all variations of pralines but my personal favorite is Texas pralines but I’ll give this recipe a try. thanks!

  3. Delicious and so easy to make!!

  4. My Cajun Grandmother made a Praline recipe that used buttermilk. May I substitute ?

  5. Got to give it a try. If the good looking guy in the pictures says it is good then I know it is awesome.

  6. Easy recipe, however mines didn’t turn out like these at all. Since I don’t have a candy thermometer I didn’t reach the degrees and what is a soft ball stage. So if I can master that, this recipe is a keeper.

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