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Pralines in a decorative container.

How to Make Praline Pecans

You can learn how to make pralines at home with this easy praline recipe. With only six ingredients, you can cook up a batch in about 15 minutes even if you don't have a candy thermometer. But you do have to let them cool and set up for 20 minutes before you enjoy them.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Resting Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 208kcal
Author Joss D


  • Candy thermometer (optional, make sure to use a thermometer with high accuracy.)
  • Non-stick tray or mat
  • Small saucepan


  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon powder
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. milk
  • ½ tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup pecans


  • Pour the brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and milk in a small pot.
    Sugar butter and cream in a pot.
  • Add the maple syrup.
    Adding syrup to pot with sugar in it.
  • Bring to a boil, starting with low temperature until it slowly heats. You can use a thermometer for more precision. They should be ready when it heats to 230°F. If you don’t have a thermometer, just wait about 7 minutes or until it has a golden tone.
    Heating sugar mix in pot and using a candy thermometer.
  • Turn heat off. Add the pecans to the pot and mix well before it hardens.
    Mixing pralines into pot with sugar mixture.
  • Place the pecans and praline mixture on a non-stick tray or surface. Let them stand about 20 minutes, until firm.
    Drying pralines on a silicone mat.
  • Break them into pieces and serve.
    Pralines in a decorative container.


Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.6mg