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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


  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

  • Equipment: Candy thermometerSaucepan / Wooden spoon / Whisk
  • Half-and-Half: If you cannot get half-and-half where you live, you can substitute equal parts whole milk and heavy cream.
  • Bourbon: You can substitute another liquor or you can omit entirely and substitute 1 teaspoon vanilla extract instead.
  • Storage: Pralines can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week.
  • Freezing: Pecan pralines can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
  • Gifting: Transfer the pralines to your gift container the day you plan to give them. Tins and cellophane bags are great options!
  • Recipe adapted from Simply Recipes

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition Facts
Bourbon Pecan Pralines
Amount Per Serving
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 105mg3%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 34g38%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 120IU2%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.