Learn how to make buttery, brown sugar hinted Pecan Pralines right in the comfort of your own home. These sweet, salty and slightly chewy nut candies are a classic Southern treat that anyone can enjoy!
In a heavy bottomed medium saucepan, stir together the brown sugar, granulated sugar, molasses, and cream over medium high heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar dissolves.
Bring to a boil and continue to cook for about 5 minutes, until the mixture begins to thicken and form a soft ball when a small amount is dropped from a spoon into a bowl of cold water, about 5 minutes. (Or using a candy thermometer; the temperature needs to reach 240F.) . Be very careful through this process, as the mixture is very hot and can burn severely.
Remove the pan from the heat and use a wooden spoon to stir in the butter, pecans, salt and vanilla. Continue to stir vigorously until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Working quickly, spoon heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto the lined baking sheet. Allow the pralines to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
If you prefer flat pralines, replace cream with 1 cup of milk. Also you can replace molasses with dark corn syrup and keep the cream for thicker chewier pralines.