Easy Peanut Pralines

  • These Easy Peanut Pralines require no candy thermometer and 10 ingredients to make the most addictive candy ever!

    Top down view of easy peanut pralines on a plate and flaky sea salt scattered.

    Easy Peanut Pralines

    Now that it’s November, are any of you starting to think about your Christmas baking??

    We have had a little snow in the past couple of weeks and it has put me in the baking mood! I can’t wait to share everything with all of you.

    I haven’t made a lot of candy over the years but I saw this recipe for pralines and had to give it a try, and it is so easy to make.

    If you are looking for some more great cookie recipes to make for your Christmas tray try these Homemade Chocolate Truffles, Cinnamon Roll Cookies, or these Peppermint Meringue Cookies.

    Top down view of a few easy peanut pralines stacked and sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

    I also really like this recipe because:

    • There is no oven involved
    • Very little clean-up
    • No weird or hard to find ingredients
    • No candy thermometer needed
    • Sweet and salty combo
    • Great candy recipe for beginners

    And just a warning……..these are VERY addicting! They melt in your mouth and will be the first to disappear from your cookie tray this year.

    Close up of easy peanut pralines sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

    Ingredients in Easy Peanut Pralines

    • Butter: Makes them rich and creamy. I suggest using a good quality butter.
    • Peanut Butter: Adds a little extra peanut flavor. I use smooth peanut butter for this recipe. You could leave this out and substitute 2 tablespoons of butter.
    • Brown Sugar: This is what gives the most flavor to pralines. You can use regular or dark brown sugar. I use dark and prefer it over light because it adds more flavor.
    • Heavy Whipping Cream: Can also use those labeled as whipping cream or heavy cream.
    • Light Corn Syrup: I have not tried this with any other corn syrup other than light.
    • Salt, Powdered Sugar, and Vanilla
    • Salted Cocktail Peanuts: I have not tried dry roasted or honey roasted in this recipe.
    • Flaky Sea Salt: You can leave this out if you desire but it does add that little something to make these extra special.
    A stack of easy peanut pralines with sea salt sprinkled around them.

    How to make these easy candies

    • Melt the butter and peanut butter in a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan. Do this over medium-low heat.
    • Add the brown sugar, cream, corn syrup, and salt. Bring this to a boil and cook for 1 minute, stirring frequently.
    • Remove from the heat and stir in the powdered sugar on low speed with a hand mixer. I suppose you could skip the hand mixer part but I found it useful to make sure the powdered sugar was completely stirred in.
    • Stir in the peanuts and let it stand for 5-10 minutes to cool until thick enough to drop with a spoon and hold its shape.
    • Drop by tablespoonfuls on a pan lined with parchment paper. Immediately sprinkle with sea salt. I would drop 2 and sprinkle with salt. Drop anymore and they set up too quickly and the salt won’t stick.
    • Cool completely either on your counter (about 2+ hours) or in the refrigerator.
    Easy peanut pralines on a plate sprinkled with flaky sea salt.

    Tips for making Peanut Pralines

    • Have all your ingredients measured and ready to go. When making candy it is important to have all your ingredients ready to go. Many recipes go very quickly and you don’t have time to measure things as you go. This recipe is a little more forgiving but I still like to have everything ready.
    • Please follow the recipe. I know it sounds silly but it is important when making candy. If you cook it too long or on a higher heat the candy could turn out differently.
    • Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon. For neat looking pralines use a cookie scoop. I used a tablespoon but I prefer the look of a cookie scoop. Really it comes down to personal preference. Either way, you are looking for about 1 Tablespoon of candy mixture per candy.
    • Store in an airtight container. Keep these candies cool and in an airtight container for best results. If they get to warm pop them into the fridge to harden if necessary.

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    Easy Peanut Pralines
    Prep Time
    5 mins
    Cook Time
    5 mins
    Cooling time:
    3 hrs
    Total Time
    3 hrs 10 mins
     

    These Easy Peanut Pralines require no candy thermometer and 10 ingredients to make the most addictive candy you'll have ever had!

    Course: Candy
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy candy, peanut pralines
    Servings: 28
    Calories: 214 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed
    • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
    • cups (275g) packed brown sugar
    • ½ cup (120ml) heavy whipping cream
    • teaspoons light corn syrup
    • ¼ teaspoon salt
    • 1⅔ cups (165g) powdered sugar (confectioners sugar)
    • teaspoons vanilla
    • cups (225g) salted cocktail peanuts
    • flaked sea salt for garnish, optional
    Instructions
    1. Line a large baking sheet with wax or parchment paper; set aside.

    2. In a medium heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter and peanut butter over medium-low heat.

    3. Stir in brown sugar, cream, corn syrup, and salt. Turn heat up to medium and bring to a boil. Boil for 1 minute stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla with a hand mixer at low speed until smooth. Stir in peanuts.

    4. Let mixture stand for 5-10 minutes or until thick enough to drop with a spoon and hold its shape. Stir occasionally while cooling.

    5. Using a small cookie scoop or tablespoon drop mixture on prepared pan and immediately sprinkle with sea salt if desired. Let stand until firm (2+hours). Store in an airtight container.

    Recipe Notes
    1. Have all your ingredients measured and ready to go. When making candy it is important to have all your ingredients ready to go. Many recipes go very quickly and you don’t have time to measure things as you go. This recipe is a little more forgiving but I still like to have everything ready.
    2. Please follow the recipe. I know it sounds silly but it is important when making candy. If you cook it too long or on a higher heat the candy could turn out differently.
    3. Use a small cookie scoop or tablespoon. For neat looking pralines use a cookie scoop. I used a tablespoon but I prefer the look of a cookie scoop. Really it comes down to personal preference. Either way, you are looking for about 1 Tablespoon of candy mixture per candy.
    4. Store in an airtight container. Keep these candies cool and in an airtight container for best results. If they get to warm pop them into the fridge to harden if necessary.
    5. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
    Nutrition Facts
    Easy Peanut Pralines
    Amount Per Serving (1 candy)
    Calories 214 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 10g15%
    Saturated Fat 3g19%
    Cholesterol 10mg3%
    Sodium 87mg4%
    Potassium 126mg4%
    Carbohydrates 29g10%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 27g30%
    Protein 4g8%
    Vitamin A 112IU2%
    Calcium 27mg3%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Recipe adapted from Taste of the South

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