Bourbon Pecan Pralines

Delish praline-flavored candied pecans, spiked with bourbon. Perfect for your Mardi Gras celebration!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 15 minutes
Total 20 minutes
Servings 12 servings (1 pound of nuts)
Calories 286 kcal
Author Michelle


  • cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup half & half
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 cups pecan halves toasted
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon optional, can substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
US Customary - Metric


  1. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or non-stick silicone baking mats; set aside.
  2. Stir together the sugars and baking soda in a 3-quart saucepan. Stir in the half & half and place over medium heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until the mixture reaches 235 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
  3. As soon as the mixture reaches 235 degrees, whisk in the butter until it is completely melted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the pecans and bourbon until the nuts are evenly coated. Switch to a wooden spoon and stir vigorously until the mixture thickens, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  5. Working quickly, drop tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared baking sheets. Let sit at room temperature until completely dry, about 20 minutes. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.

Recipe Notes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Pecan Pralines
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 58mg 2%
Potassium 105mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 37g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 34g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 2.4%
Vitamin C 0.4%
Calcium 3.9%
Iron 2.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.