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Buttermilk Pecan Pralines

Old fashioned candy is the best! I love surprising friends and family with homemade candy during the holidays and these Buttermilk Pecan Pralines is one of my favorites! Ultra smooth and creamy and oh-so decadent, it's everyone's favorite treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword candy
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 36
Calories 134kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Line 2 large baking sheets with waxed paper and set aside.
  • In a large (5 qt or larger) pot, bring the buttermilk, sugar, corn syrup, baking soda and salt to a boil over medium heat.
  • Stir continuously until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture reaches 236F (soft ball stage).
  • Note that the baking soda causes the mixture to foam and rise as it begins to boil so be careful.
  • Once the mixture has reached the softball stage, remove from heat and stir in pecans, vanilla, and butter.
  • Beat by hand until the mixture begin to hold it's own shape. It will be thick and creamy. This can take awhile. It helps to have a partner in the kitchen to hand this task off to :)
  • Once the mixture thickens, quickly drop by spoonfuls onto the waxed paper to. Let cool.
  • Store in airtight containers for up to 2 weeks.


Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 65mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin A: 25IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.2mg