Recipes and Cooking Pralines 4.4 (5) Add your rating & review New Orleans satisfies its sweet tooth with pralines, a candy made from sugar, cream, butter, and nuts. By BHG Test Kitchen BHG Test Kitchen The Better Homes & Gardens Test Kitchen has been in continuous operation for nearly 100 years, developing and testing practical, reliable recipes that readers can enjoy at home. The Test Kitchen team includes culinary specialists, food stylists, registered and licensed nutritionists, and other experts with Bachelor of Science degrees in food science, food and nutrition, or culinary arts. Together, the team tests more than 2,500 recipes, produces more than 2,500 food images, and creates more than 1,000 food videos each year in the state-of-the-art test kitchen. Learn about BHG's Editorial Process Published on June 14, 2011 Print Rate It Share Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Blaine Moats Prep Time: 40 mins Stand Time: 30 mins Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins Yield: 36 pralines Jump to Nutrition Facts Ingredients 1 ½ cup granulated sugar 1 ½ cup packed brown sugar 1 cup half-and-half or light cream 3 tablespoon butter 2 cup pecan halves Directions Butter the sides of a heavy 2-quart saucepan. In the saucepan combine granulated sugar, brown sugar, and half-and-half. Cook over medium-high heat to boiling, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon to dissolve sugars. (This should take 6 to 8 minutes.) Avoid splashing the mixture on sides of the pan. Carefully clip a candy thermometer to pan. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue boiling at a moderate, steady rate, stirring occasionally, until thermometer registers 234 degrees F. (soft-ball stage). Reaching soft-ball stage should take 16 to 18 minutes. Remove pan from heat. Add butter but do not stir. Cool, without stirring, to 150 degrees F. (This should take about 30 minutes.) Remove thermometer. Stir in pecans. Beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until candy just begins to thicken but is still glossy. This should take about 3 minutes. Working quickly, drop candy by spoonfuls onto parchment or waxed paper. If candy becomes too stiff to drop, stir in a few drops of hot water. When firm, store in a tightly covered container. Makes about 36 pralines. Tips Up to 3 days ahead, prepare Pralines. Store at room temperature in a tightly covered container. Rate it Print Nutrition Facts (per serving) 117 Calories 6g Fat 17g Carbs 1g Protein Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label Nutrition Facts Calories 117 % Daily Value * Total Fat 6g 8% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Cholesterol 5mg 2% Sodium 15mg 1% Total Carbohydrate 17g 6% Protein 1g Calcium 10.1mg 1% Iron 0.4mg 2% *The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.