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homemade pralines in a blue tin can

Pecan Pralines Recipe

Looking for an authentic, Southern pecan pralines recipe? This Savannah pralines copycat recipe combines butter, sugar, vanilla, whipping cream, and pecans for a rich decadent sweet. The creamy buttery flavors melt in your mouth with every crunchy bite.
Course candy, Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 24 pralines
Calories 112kcal


  • cookie baking sheet
  • parchment paper


  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans chopped


  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. 
  • In a sauce pan, combine 1 cup brown sugar, ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream, ¼ cup butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil stirring continuously. (Do not break on stirring or they will burn.) Boil for 1 minute. 
  • Remove from heat. Stir in 1 cup powdered sugar. 
  • Stir in 1 cup chopped pecans.  
  • Drop heaping spoon-fulls of praline mixture on parchment paper. Allow to cool to harden (approximately 30 minutes).  
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to eat. 



Pralines can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 3 months. It is best to align the container with wax paper to prevent the candy from freezing onto the container. 


Calories: 112kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 110IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg