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pecan pralines on parchment paper with two spoons and flowers behind

Southern Buttermilk Pecan Pralines

4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Author: Traci
Simple, but so delicious! These Southern Buttermilk Pecan Pralines are the perfect candy to make all year long. Every bite is creamy, nutty, and perfectly sweet!


  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • teaspoon baking soda
  • cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups pecan halves


  • In a 4 quart saucepan, combine sugar, baking soda, buttermilk, and butter.
  • Heat, while stirring, over medium heat until sugar dissolves and butter melts.
  • Stop stirring.
  • Cook to 236 degrees, occasionally brushing down sides with a pastry brush dipped in warm water.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Stir in vanilla and pecans.
  • Keep stirring until mixture starts to thicken.
  • Drop by spoonfuls onto parchment paper.


Serving: 1pieceCalories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 61mgPotassium: 58mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 60IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 19mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.