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Pralines are a beloved candy for a reason: the crumbly confections, fragrant with brown sugar and studded with toasted pecans, are downright addictive. There are plenty of classic praline recipes here (and even a video recipe to get you started!) but there are also lots of creative variations if you want to branch out. Try chocolate pralines, orange pralines, or even a version that uses pinenuts instead of pecans!

1. How to Make Pralines (video)

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If you've never made pralines before, this is the place to start! A short 2-minute video will take you through a basic praline recipe and show you how the pralines should be boiled, beaten, and formed for best results. After this viewing you'll be able to tackle any of these praline recipes like a pro!

2. New Orleans Pralines

New Orleans Pralines
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Pralines are a New Orleans institution! This praline recipe produces sweet, slightly crumbly brown sugar candies loaded with toasted pecans.

3. Classic Pralines

These classic pralines have just four ingredients: Brown sugar, cream and pecans. The crumbly, rich pecans that result are a Southern classic.

4. Cranberry Pralines

Cranberry Pralines
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Cranberry Pralines are a rich brown sugar candy made with dried cranberries, cinnamon, and lots of toasted pecans. They have the slightly crumbly texture and melt-in-your-mouth quality of traditional pralines, but the addition of chewy dried cranberries gives them a fun, sweet-tart twist.

5. Chocolate Pralines

Chocolate Pralines
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Chocolate Pralines combine the crumbly, nutty taste of classic pralines with rich semi-sweet chocolate. The chocolate is both incorporated in the candy and also drizzled on top for a double dose of sweetness.

6. Orange Pralines

Orange Pralines
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Traditional pralines get a fresh makeover with the addition of orange zest and orange juice in this recipe for Orange Pralines! The bright citrus taste adds a lovely tang and fruity aroma to these popular pecan candies.

7. Bacon Pralines

Bacon Pralines photo
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In addition to the familiar toasted pecans, this version of pralines contains bits of crispy bacon, tangy buttermilk, and a hint of orange zest for an unusual, sweet-and-salty variation of the classic candy.

8. Pudding Pralines

Pudding Pralines
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Pudding Pralines have an unusual ingredient--vanilla pudding mix! The vanilla pudding gives these pecan candies a smooth, subtle vanilla taste and a slightly softer texture.

9. Panela Pralines

Panela Pralines
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Panela Pralines use a Mexican brown sugar called panela and substitute pine nuts for the traditional pecans. The resulting candies are have a wonderful richness of flavor and texture, since the pine nuts are much softer than pecans and add a buttery, slightly sweet taste.

10. Sweet and Salty Pecan Drops

pecan drops
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These pecan drops, similar to pralines, feature the sweet taste of caramelized sugar offset by a hint of salt. I like to use a generous portion of salt because I love the contrast between sweet and savory, but you can use a lighter hand when sprinkling the salt if you prefer a sweeter candy.

11. Pineapple Pralines

Pineapple Pralines
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Pineapple Pralines are a fun tropical variation on the traditional Southern candy. The pineapple adds a tart sweetness and slightly chewy texture to these pecan and brown sugar candies.
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