$0.50 and 30 Minute Pralines: Original, Chocolate, and Whiskey Flavored!

$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

A quick and delicious praline recipe that is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth! Includes modifications for whiskey or chocolate pralines!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pralines
Servings: 20 cookies
Calories: 160kcal
Author: apartmentchefnick
Cost: $10


  • 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!


For Whiskey Pralines: Add 1/2 cup of whiskey during Step 2.
For Chocolate Pralines: Add 1/2 cup of cocoa powder during Step 2.
30 Minute Praline Ingredients
All the ingredients you need for 30 Minute Pralines!


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:

30 Minute Praline Mixing
How it will look once the butter and sugar has melted.

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:

Praline Scooping
Apartment Chef Nick scooping 30 Minute Pralines

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.

Batch of 30 Minute Praline
A fresh batch of 30 Minute Pralines

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