Pecan Pralines are perfect to give as a gift during the holiday season. These Pralines are very easy to make, and they can be made in the microwave! I don’t know if they are as popular everywhere else as they are down here in Texas (and Louisiana), but you can find them at just about any Mexican restaurant here. This post contains affiliate links.
I love to give them wrapped up as gifts. They are a great gift to give to someone like teachers, new friends, or in a basket of goodies.
Ingredients needed to make Pecan Pralines
You only need 4 ingredients to make this delicious treat!
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 6 oz chopped pecans
How do you make pecan pralines in the microwave?
This recipe is one of my brother’s guilty pleasures, so every few years I break it out and make him a few. Anybody who eats them always has raving reviews.
I use a whoopie pie pan to make my pralines. It gives them a nice round shape. I layer it with wax paper as I find it’s easier to pull the pralines off wax paper instead of parchment paper. But, you can just layer a cookie sheet with wax paper and make your pecan pralines that way, too.
Add brown sugar, whipping cream, and butter in a large microwave safe bowl and mix until combined.
Lay out sheets of wax paper to hold about a dozen pralines.
Microwave on high for 6 minutes.
Carefully remove the bowl from microwave and stir in chopped pecans.
Microwave for an additional 5 minutes. Stir and check to see if consistency has thickened to something like caramel sauce. If it’s still runny, continue microwaving for 3 minutes at a time, stirring and checking consistency.
Let it cool for a minute or two, then spoon out each praline to be about 3 inches wide. I like to use a whoopie pie pan covered in wax paper.
Work quickly as it will harden fast.
Let cool for about an hour, then remove from wax paper and wrap in plastic wrap.
Can you make these ahead of time?
Yes! In fact, I would recommend making them up a couple days before giving them as gifts so they really harden nicely. Just make sure to keep them wrapped up, so the nuts aren’t stale.
How do you store pralines?
I keep them in a sealed container or wrapped in plastic wrap for up to 2 weeks.
Can you make pralines with different nuts?
Yes! Pecans can get expensive, so you can also make them with peanuts or almonds or whatever your favorite nut is.
Originally pralines were made with almonds. I assume since pralines are now such a Southern thing and pecan trees are so abundant (it’s the official state tree here in Texas), that’s probably why pecans are more commonly used now.
Can you make pralines without nuts?
Yes you can! This recipe for nut-free pralines. They are also made in the microwave and use cereal instead of nuts.
Do you have a tree nut allergy or a peanut allergy? I can bake with nuts, but I can’t eat them. I’m allergic to tree nuts and have a bad reaction when I’ve accidentally eaten them (my tongue swells and is painful). I’ve been experimenting for years with how to make pralines without nuts.
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- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1 cup whipping cream
- 2 tbs butter
- 6 oz chopped pecans
- Combine brown sugar, whipping cream, and butter in a large microwave safe bowl and mix until combined.
- Lay out sheets of wax paper to hold about a dozen pralines.
- Microwave on high for 6 minutes.
- Remove from microwave and stir in chopped pecans.
- Microwave for an additional 5 minutes. Stir and check to see if consistency has thickened to something like caramel sauce. If it's still runny, continue microwaving for 3 minutes at a time, stirring and checking consistency.
- Let it cool for a minute or two, then spoon out each praline to be about 3 inches wide. I like to use a whoopie pie pan covered in wax paper.
- Work quickly as it will harden fast.
- Let cool for about an hour, then remove from wax paper and wrap in plastic wrap.
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These are awesome Steph! Pinning! Thanks for linking up at the Foodie & Crafties Soiree! See you next week!
I can’t believe you made these in the microwave! GREAT idea!! Thank you for sharing at Family Fun Friday! Blessings!
I love this recipe! I am always up for making things using my microwave to keep them easy and quick. And these will be great for end-of-school-year teacher gifts! Thanks for the great idea!
I made them tonight for the first time…I think I am addicted! These are amazing and so easy!
So glad to hear! I give these to my brother each year for Christmas, and he is addicted to them, lol!
Next time I think I will try using parchment paper instead of wax, because it stuck on several.
Oh no! The recipe isn’t showing up on here anymore! Maybe it’s just my computer? I remember the recipe, but I want to be able to share your website/recipe with friends.
I am so sorry. I had to update the plugin for my recipes, and it deactivated itself. The recipe is now up again.