These decadent pecan pralines are perfect for gifting. Easy to make in the microwave; easy clean up and easy to eat. These sugary, nutty, pralines are my husband’s favorite treat!
3 cups pecans
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup milk
1/3 cup butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake in a 350-degree oven until lightly toasted, 10 to 15 minutes.
Combine all the ingredients except the pecans and vanilla extract in a 4-quart glass bowl. Heat in a microwave oven on high power for 5 minutes. Using oven mitts or potholders, carefully transfer the bowl to a countertop and stir with a heat-resistant spatula. Return to microwave and heat for 5 more minutes.
Stir in the pecans and heat for another 5 minutes. Stir and check the temperature with a digital or candy thermometer. If it reads 240 degrees, proceed to Step 4. (At high altitude, adjust accordingly. In Denver, this would be 230 degrees.) If not, continue heating on high power, stirring and checking the temperature every minute until it does.
Remove from oven and let the mix sit undisturbed. After 20 minutes, add the vanilla extract and stir vigorously until it becomes cloudy and creamy. Using 2 spoons, scoop and shape into 2-inch-diameter mounds on a baking sheet lined with foil, parchment paper or a silicone mat.
If the mix becomes too hard to shape, reheat for 15 seconds. Let the pralines rest for 30 minutes. Keep stored in an airtight container.
Keep in an airtight container after cooling.
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