You guys will never believe how EASY these Foolproof Microwave Southern Pralines are! Made 100% in the microwave, they require NO special candy thermometer and are made in minutes yet taste like traditional, authentic Southern Pralines!
YOU GUYS. Sorry for screaming but also I’m not sorry because these pralines.
They are a GAME CHANGER. A life changer. Seriously INCREDIBLE. You are going to flip!!
I am a HUGE praline fan. In fact, it is one of my favorite candies but I almost never have them. California is ahead of the curve for many things, but Southern candy specialties is not one of them. It is virtually impossible to find southern-style pralines anywhere in California – our claim to fame seems to be salt water taffy which, meh.
The first time I had a praline, I was in the Atlanta airport, of all places. I walked by a Savannah Candy Kitchen store while I was killing time in between flights and decided to try these candies which I’d been lusting after for so long. I bought four or five pralines, thinking I’d share some with my family when I got back home… but I ate ALL of them before the flight home even began. Oops! They are just so irresistible! Besides my brief foray at the ATL airport, I’ve only ever been to Texas and Arkansas, so I have yet to try New Orleans pralines!
The reason why I never tried to make them prior to my airport experience was because I had an irrational fear of candy thermometers for the longest time. There’s something about boiling, molten sugar and precision with a thermometer that just gave me the heebie jeebies. Not to mention all that stuff about “hard crack, soft ball, hard ball” and the “tips” about dropping hot candy into water to see if it threads…????? I mean, that is WAY too technical for me.
But then I got over my fear of candy making equipment and made these pralines which are my favorite! Pretty simple and taste awesome!
But THESE Foolproof Pralines are really, really easy. Like, SO foolproof/goofproof/idiotproof that anyone can make them without candy making experience necessary. I made them twice, consecutively, and both times yielded the most amazing, perfect, authentic tasting pralines.
If you’ve never had a praline before, they are a candy that’s firm but yielding to your bite with a melt-in-your-mouth texture that’s studded with toasty pecans. So divine.
Everything is done in the microwave, of all places, which is the beauty of this recipe. The microwave is the unsung hero because it just does all the work for you. All you have to do is set the timer and stir it when the recipe states to. Once it’s done in the microwave, you’ll beat it with a wooden spoon until thickened and then drop mounds of it onto parchment-lined baking sheets to cool and set.
This is going to be one of my go-to praline recipes from now on. It’s just so stinkin’ simple! I think you’ll agree!
*recipe by Coop Can Cook here
Foolproof Microwave Southern Pralines
Author: Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel
Recipe type: Candy
These Foolproof Microwave Pralines are some of the BEST pralines I’ve ever had! The best part about these EASY pralines is they don’t require a candy thermometer, yet they taste totally authentic!
- One (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
- 4 Tablespoons salted butter, cut into cubes
- 1 & ½ cups chopped pecans
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a large plastic microwave-safe bowl. Add in the sugar and butter and do not stir.
- Microwave the mixture on HIGH power for 3 minutes. Remove from the microwave and stir for 45 seconds. Return the bowl to the microwave and heat for another 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir for another 45 seconds.
- Return the bowl to the microwave and heat for another 2 minutes. Mixture should be bubbling. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir until the mixture stops bubbling, about 20-30 seconds.
- Add in the pecans and vanilla and stir to combine, then continue stirring with a wooden spoon until the mixture thickens and becomes harder to stir together, about 30 seconds – 1 minute.
- Drop spoonfuls of the pralines 1″ apart on parchment-lined baking sheets. Allow the pralines to set and cool, about 30 minutes, before serving. Store pralines airtight at room temperature.
Buttery, sweet, sugary heaven!
Have a super sweet day!