American pralines are a sweet treat with roots in the southern United States. They're simple to make and we enjoy them on National Praline Day every June.
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Toast the Pecans
Preheat oven to 300°F. Toast the pecans for 5-8 minutes, keeping a close eye on them so they do not burn.
Remove pecans from the oven and allow to cool. Roughly chop half of the pecans.
Make the Pralines:
Combine the whole and roughly chopped pecans, granulated sugar, brown sugar, butter, and milk in a large saucepan over medium heat. Heat the mixture to between 235-240°F (use a candy thermometer to keep track of temperature). Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
After removing from the heat, allow to stand for 2-3 minutes, then drop spoonfulls of the mixture onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil and let cool completely.