Praline Cookies

Praline Cookies

Praline Cookies

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

20 minutes

Serves

36 people

If you like pralines you will like these praline cookies. You’ll see that it’s just topped with one teaspoon of the praline mixture.

Why Try? Pralines are a sweet southern favorite. These Praline Cookies take things to a whole new level. They make a wonderful holiday cookie, too.

Make sure you do not overcook the praline sauce because it will harden and not be usable.

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup pecan halves, broken into large pieces
  • 2 3/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar

Preparation

  • 1 Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  • 2 Spread pecans on a rimmed baking pan and toast in the oven for 10 minutes. Set aside.
  • 3 Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF.
  • 4 In a medium bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • 5 In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat butter and 1 1/2 cups brown sugar until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until combined. Add flour mixture and beat on low until combined.
  • 6 Using a tablespoon, drop batter on a baking sheet.
  • 7 Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Completely cool on wire racks.
  • 8 For the praline topping
  • 9 In a small saucepan, combine remaining 1 1/4 cups brown sugar and cream, bring to a full boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add confectioners’ sugar, and whisk until smooth. Add pecan pieces, and stir until slightly thickened. (If mixture thickens, return to heat, and add cream 1 teaspoon at a time.) Spoon about 1 heaping teaspoon praline topping on each cookie; set aside until firm.

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