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Buttermilk Pralines

Years ago, I received this candy recipe from a dear friend in Texas. The creamy texture and sumptuous sweetness has earned me rave reviews each time I've made it.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    1-1/2 pounds

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, buttermilk and baking soda. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 210°.
  • Stir in butter and pecans; cook until thermometer reads 230°. Remove from the heat; add vanilla. Beat with a wooden spoon until mixture loses its gloss and begins to set, about 8 minutes. Quickly drop by teaspoonfuls onto foil-lined baking sheets. Cool.
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