Chocolate Pralines

  • Yield: 2 1/2


1 1/2cups sugar
3/4cup packed brown sugar
6tablespoons butter
1/2cup milk
1 1/2cups chopped pecans
1teaspoon vanilla extract
2ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped


  1. Combine the sugar, brown sugar, butter, milk, and pecans in a heavy 3-quart saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  Boil for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until mixture reaches 220F on a candy thermometer, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat.  Stir in the vanilla and chocolate immediately and beat with a wooden spoon for 4 to 6 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken.  Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper.  Let stand until firm.

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Junior League of Alexandria’s Secret Ingredients (The Junior League of Alexandria, Louisiana, Inc., 2000).