Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pecan Pralines


Fill a mason jar with praline walnuts, tie a ribbon around the lid, and Viola! You've got a creative gift for a friend, colleague, or hostess.

Here’s a great appetizer or holiday snack.  This recipe doesn’t take very long and is easy to make.  All the ingredients are basic items you should have in your pantry except perhaps the brown sugar. 


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 5 Tablespoons water (almost 1/3 cup)
  • 1/2 pound pecans or walnuts
  1. Preheat your oven to 300°.  Spread the nuts (I used walnuts) in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  No need to butter or line the sheet with wax paper at this point.  Warm the nuts in the oven for 10 minutes.  (This isn’t the same as toasting the walnuts, because to toast nuts, the oven would need to be 350°.)
  2. Line another cookie sheet/pizza pan with wax paper.  Wax paper is not the same as parchment paper … close, but no cigar.  (For one thing it’s cheaper.)
  3. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, white sugar, butter and water.  Heat over high heat until the mixture begins to boil.
  4. Add the warmed nuts and stir to make sure all the nuts are coated.
  5. Boil on high heat until the mixture forms large bubbles on top and looks sugary.  (The recipe I used said this step takes a while, but by warming the nuts the boiling time was much shorter.)
  6. Remove the nuts from the stove.  Drop by teaspoonfuls on the wax paper.  Allow the nuts to cool.  I had a little less than 1/2 pound of walnuts so I spread out the nut mixture on the wax paper and broke the nuts apart when cooled.  Either way, these are delicious!

Wanna look at the recipe I used online?  Click here.