Pecan Praline Morsels are the ultimate in ease and taste. With only three ingredients, Pecan Praline Morsels combine the South’s favorite nut with brown sugar and cream to produce an amazingly good candied nut! They are perfect to not only serve as an appetizer for your holiday gatherings, but also to munch on during the hectic holiday season. What’s even better is that they make thoughtful homemade gifts when packaged in decorative jars or treat bags.
When Susan and I were in New Orleans, we saw a lot of variations of coated pecans. None that we tasted even came close to these amazing Pecan Praline Morsels. I used a Paula Deen recipe to make these tasty treats.
I used the following three ingredients: Whole pecans, light brown sugar, and heavy whipping cream.
I mixed the brown sugar and cream with a wooden spoon in a medium-sized mixing bowl until the mixture was smooth. Then I added the pecans, and stirred to ensure that all of the pecans were well coated with the sugar/cream mixture.
I dumped the coated pecans onto a rimmed baking sheet that I had lined with non-stick aluminum foil, and spread them out so that none were overlapping. Then, I popped them into a preheated 350° F oven for 20 minutes. Half way through, I turned them over so that they would cook evenly on both sides. After 20 minutes, the coating was perfectly crystalized. I removed the pecans from the oven and let them cool completely on the baking sheet.
These little morsels are amazingly good. The pecans are perfectly toasted and the coating not too sweet. If they last long enough, they make perfect gifts, packaged in clear 12-inch pastry bags tied with a decorative ribbon. Yum!
This is a repost from January 20, 2018 with updated pictures but the same great recipe. If you’d like more holiday treats using pecans, you should try these delicious recipes:
- Toasted Pecan Snowball Cookies
- Chocolate Pecan Toffee Clusters
- Easy 3-Ingredient Turtles Candy
- Holiday Caramel Chex Mix
Pecan Praline Morsels
- 2 cups (8 ounces) pecan halves
- ½ cup (3.75 ounces) light brown sugar
- ¼ cup (2 ounces) heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil. (See Tip 1)
- Mix brown sugar and heavy cream in a medium bowl. Add pecans; stir with wooden spoon until pecans are well coated. Spread pecans evenly on prepared baking sheet.
- Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until coating is dry, and slightly crystalized, stirring once after 10 minutes. If after 20 minutes, the coating is not yet dry, reduce the heat to 300° F and bake for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove from oven to cool, and stir once more. If not serving immediately, store in an airtight container. Yield: 2 cups. (See Tip 2)
Chula's Expert Tips
- If you do not have non-stick aluminum foil, spray baking sheet with cooking spray before adding coated pecans.
- It's important to keep these tasty morsels in an airtight container. The reason is that sugar is hygroscopic meaning that it will tend to absorb moisture from the air. This can ruin your perfectly crunchy pecan praline morsels!