Buttermilk Pralines

Buttermilk Pralines Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup whole buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons light-colored corn syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Dash of salt
  • 2/3 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


Combine first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan. Cook over low heat until sugar dissolves, stirring constantly. Continue cooking over low heat until a candy thermometer registers 234° (about 10 minutes); stir occasionally. Remove from heat; let stand 5 minutes.

Stir in nuts, butter, and vanilla; beat with a wooden spoon until mixture begins to lose its shine (about 6 minutes). Drop by teaspoonfuls onto wax paper. Let stand 20 minutes or until set.

Note: Store pralines in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

    "This recipe requires your steadfast attention, so try not to get distracted. The periodic stirring prevents it from boiling over." --CL Reader
  • Yield: 30 servings (serving size: 1 praline)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 65
Caloriesfromfat per serving: 30%
Fat per serving: 2.2g
Saturated fat per serving: 0.4g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 1.2g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 0.6g
Protein per serving: 0.4g
Carbohydrate per serving: 11.4g
Fiber per serving: 0.3g
Cholesterol per serving: 1mg
Iron per serving: 0.1mg
Sodium per serving: 36mg
Calcium per serving: 7mg

Good to Know

These have one-third of the calories in a traditional praline and only a fifth of the fat. Pecans are a great source of protein, fiber, and antioxidants.