Holiday Pecan Pralines

A southern classic comfort food

Alexandra Docken, Membership Coordinator, Staff Writer

One thing my family makes every year without fail: pecan pralines.

It’s a recipe from multiple generations back and is just as good 100 years later. My Grandmother doesn’t allow for sharing of the recipe, but she gave me a basic recipe to use instead.

(Note — I’m allergic to nuts, but we always make a batch without pecans and it works just as well!)


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups pecan halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Heavily grease a baking sheet, or cover with wax paper. (DO NOT USE FOIL! It will rip!)
  2. In a small pot, mix both sugars and milk and bring to a boil.
  3. Stir in the butter, pecans, and vanilla.
  4. Heat to around 240 degrees F, not stirring.
  5. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes or until tacky.
  6. Drop a medium sized ball onto the baking sheet (they will flatten, so leave room between cookies!)
  7. Let sit in open air until slightly chewy!
  8. Enjoy!