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Holiday Pecan Pralines

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Holiday Pecan Pralines

Ms. Carrie Burns

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Ms. Carrie Burns

Alexandra Docken, Membership Coordinator, Staff Writer

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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!)

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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!

 

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Alexandra Docken, Membership Coordinator/Staff Writer

Hi, everyone! My name is Lexi and I'm a junior this year! I'm the Membership Coordinator this year, also! When I'm not writing, I enjoy studying science...

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One Response to “Holiday Pecan Pralines”

  1. Mr. Tom Peri on December 11th, 2018 8:11 am

    Thanks for sharing Alexandra. If they taste as good as they look, I surrender!

    PS: I also had a grandmother who kept her recipes very close to the vest and realized too late what a treasure they were/could have been. I encourage you try to find a way to preserve Grandma’s cooking legacy because as the old song says, “you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” This time of the year may be the best time to start.

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