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Pecan Praline Bites

These pecan praline bites were one of our Friday Night Candies that went with storytelling time. In spite of his good intentions, Dad didn’t really know much about making candy, but these easy treats never revealed his lack of expertise!–Terri Pischoff Wuerthner

LC Praline Primer Note

Okay, just to clarify, a praline and to set expectations accordingly, the pralines that you’re likely to encounter in New Orleans are pecan halves topped with a rich, creamy caramel. This recipe does not make those pralines. It does, however, make cheater’s pralines that are admirable in their ease. Go on, see for yourself.

Pecan Praline Bites Recipe

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  • 10 M
  • 40 M
  • Makes about 5 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons corn oil or other mild vegetable oil
  • 5 cups pecan halves
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Slick a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with the oil.
  • 2. Place the pecans and brown and granulated sugar in a large bowl and toss to combine.
  • 3. Whisk the cream, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg together and pour the mixture over the pecans and sugar. Toss to mix well and transfer to the pan. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir once more, and allow to cool a bit before eating. (If there are any leftover pecan praline bites, let them cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature.)
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