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Microwave Pralines

These are a big hit with the people we give them to at Christmas. Making candy has never been more simple!—Linda Starlin, St. Johns, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1-1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Line two baking sheets with waxed paper; set aside. In a microwave-safe 2-qt. bowl, combine the sugars, water, corn syrup and butter. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes; stir until sugar is dissolved. Cook 1-2 minutes longer or until a candy thermometer reads 234° (soft-ball stage), stirring after each minute.
  • Add pecans and vanilla; stir just until mixture starts to thicken, about 1 minute. Working quickly, drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto prepared pans. Flatten slightly. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.
Editor’s Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
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  • Jenny
    Jul 9, 2019

    These are wonderful! Not only are they delicious but they are incredibly easy to make. These will be put on my Christmas candy to make list from now on.

  • SASuire
    Dec 2, 2012

    Super easy to make, no milk products a plus, and oh so tasty... :) Will make again and again