New Orleans Restaurant Pralines

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup light molasses
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 cups pecans, halves image placeholder

Boil brown sugar, molasses, cream and butter together, stirring all the time, until the sugar dissolves. Continue boiling without stirring until a soft ball is formed when a drop is placed in cold water.

Remove from the heat, add the vanilla extract and nuts, and stir the mixture until it begins to crystallize. Drop a spoonful of the mixture in small heaps on buttered baking sheets, leaving enough room between the pralines for them to spread slightly.

Makes 4

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