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Meals I Can Make: Homemade Pralines

Now, I’m not exactly known for my skills in the kitchen, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve when it comes to creating dishes that everyone enjoys.

The first dish I’m going to share isn’t technically a meal, but most of the people I know could consume enough of these to make a meal out of them: my Nana’s homemade pecan pralines. These are a staple at my house around the holidays, and while I can’t share the exact recipe because it’s a family secret, here’s a version of it that is just as delish.

Just Like Nana’s Pecan Pralines



1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
½ cup evaporated milk
2 Tbs. butter
1¼ cups pecan halves
¼ tsp. vanilla extract




Generously grease a baking sheet.


In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, white sugar, and milk.


Bring to a boil.


Stir in butter, pecans, and vanilla. Heat, without stirring, to between 234 and 240 degrees F, or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.


Beat until thickened, then pour immediately onto prepared surface and let rest until firm and completely cool before cutting.
Store in airtight container.
Photos by Sincerely Kara