$0.50 and 30 Minute Pralines: Original, Chocolate, and Whiskey Flavored!
DISCLAIMER: This $0.50 and 30 Minute Pralines recipe is pretty much the opposite of everything this blog and I stand for when it comes to healthy eating. But it’s Christmas time and everyone is posting cookie recipes full of added sugar. This recipe’s first two ingredients: added sugar. We all have a list of guilty pleasures and this recipe is at the top of mine. Please enjoy responsibility!
30 Minute Pralines Recipe
$0.50 and 30 Minute Pralines
- Aluminum foil or parchment paper
- Medium sized pot
- Wooden spoon
- Candy thermometer
- Ice Cream Scoop (optional)
- 1.5 cups organic cane sugar
- 3/4 cups organic light brown sugar
- 1/2 cups 2% or whole milk
- 6 tbsp organic salted butter, cut into 1 tbsp pieces (if unsalted, add 1/8 tsp of salt)
- 1.5 cups pecans, either whole or in pieces
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Lay out approximately 3 feet of aluminum foil or parchment paper on an empty countertop.
- Combine all ingredients in the pot.
- Bring to boil, stirring occasionally to make sure that nothing gets stuck to the pan.
- Boil until mixture reaches 238F-240F, stirring constantly (~5 minutes).
- Remove from heat, continue to stir constantly until mixture begins to thicken and you can hear the sugar against the side of the bowl (~5 minutes).
- Work quickly to scoop ~20 cookies out onto to prepared aluminum foil.
- Wait a couple minutes for the cookies to cool and enjoy!
Step 3 – Take advantage of this time to clean up everything you took out while the praline mixture is heating! The pot and a spoon should be the only things you need to clean at the end of this recipe!
Step 3 cont. – It should look something like this once the sugar and butter heats up and combines:
Step 4 – Why 238-240F you ask? Once sugar temperature passes 238F it will solidify into a solid once it cools. You can read all about it here. Here’s a cheap and effective candy thermometer that will get the job done!
Step 5 – This takes practice! Maybe at first they will be a little too runny, next they’ll be a little too solid, but before you know it they will be just right! A wooden spoon will do just fine, but a small ice cream scoop is perfect for the task. This is me scooping furiously. Just look at that focus:
Step 6 – If they cool too much and form a giant praline in the pot, reheat until the mixture is liquid again and then continue to spoon out pralines.
- 1.5 cups of organic cane sugar ~ $1.25
- 3/4 cups of organic light brown sugar ~ $0.50
- 1/2 cup of Fairlife 2% milk ~ $0.25
- 6 TBSP of organic salted butter ~ $1
- 1.5 cups of pecans ~ $5
- 1 tsp of organic vanilla extract ~ $0.25
Cost per batch of 20 pralines ~ $8.25
Cost per praline ~ $0.50
So why post this recipe after the disclaimer? This was a first recipe that opened my eyes to how delicious and cost-effective it is to cook. Before I made my first batch, I thought the taste of a Southern Candymaker’s pralines from New Orleans couldn’t be matched and $3 was a fair price. After my first batch, I concluded my sugar filled treats taste just like theirs and that I was overpaying.
I recently received some life advice from a kitchen towel: “Life is short. Eat what you want.” To the end of that quote, I’d add “in moderation!” Usually, what I want is a healthy dessert such as $0.60 and 30 Minute Avocado Key Lime Pie or $0.10 and 25 Minute Banana Coconut Cookies. But sometimes my cravings can only be satisfied by a couple pralines. 30 Minute Pralines made with all organic ingredients that only cost $0.50 per cookie. A guilty pleasure at its best!
As always, make informed food decisions. Know your ingredients, know your costs.