These Sea Salted Praline Pecan Clusters are made in the microwave making them the quickest way to get your praline sweet fix in a snap. Premium pecan halves are cooked with butter, both granulated and brown sugars and a little cream, then finished with a sprinkle of sea salt. The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for the praline pecan clusters to set before they're ready to eat. Invite a few friends over and watch these goodies disappear.
The South Loves Pralines and Pecans
Pralines are a beloved Southern classic. To make them, sugar and butter are boiled together with pecans then separated into sweet, caramelized, buttery clusters. For a girl who loves caramel, I can truthfully say they're simply heavenly! This microwave version makes a fantastic small batch of homemade praline pecan clusters. Coarse sea salt adds the "salty" to the sweet and salty flavor combination that we love.
More Pro Tips for Making Pralines in the Microwave
- I recommend that, you make these pralines in multiple batches instead of doubling or tripling the recipe for the best results.
- You can make them into any size you like. Allow ample time for the clusters to firm regardless of the size.
In a matter of minutes, you can enjoy homemade buttery pralines in the comfort of your own home. Warning...you may never buy pralines again.
Other Praline Pecan Recipes You May Like that are Similar to these Sea Salted Praline Pecan Clusters
The rich and classic flavor combination of caramel and pecans deserves its own food group, if you ask me. After you've made a batch of this recipe for Sea Salted Praline Pecan Clusters - Microwave you may like to Indulge in the following is this Pecan Praline Buttermilk Pound Cake or these Pecan Praline Cookies from The View from Great Island.
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Sea Salted Praline Pecan Clusters [Microwave]
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 3 tablespoon butter
- 1 ¼ cup pecan halves
- ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt plus additional for tops
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla or rum extract
- Instructions for 1000 Watt Microwave.
- Place all of the ingredients into a deep microwave safe bowl, reserving the vanilla until the end of cooking. The bowl should be deep enough to allow the mixture to boil, without boiling over.
- Cook in the microwave on high for 6 ½ minutes, stopping to stir halfway through. The mixture will boil, so handle with care to avoid burning.
- After 6 ½ minutes, stop and stir coating all of the pecans. The caramel should be thickened and beginning to form along the sides of the bowl. If the caramel is still runny, it needs to cook a bit longer. Microwave in additional 1 minute increments, if needed.
- Allow to cool on the counter for 15 seconds then mix in vanilla.
- Use a teaspoon, tablespoon or small cookie scoop to drop in clusters onto buttered wax paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Immediately sprinkle the tops with sea salt, if desired. Allow to cool and set.
- This recipe is based on a 1000 Watt microwave. If your microwave has a lower wattage it may take longer to cook. Likewise, if the microwave has a higher wattage, it may need less time.
- Another technique to test the caramel: Drop a small amount into a glass of cold water. If it becomes firm and you can roll it into a ball between 2 fingers, it's ready.
I realize heavy cream is what's in the recipe but I don't have any and have no way of getting to the store. I see that they tell you not to use regular milk. Any chance that evaporated milk would do it or any other suggestion. would so love to try this recipe
I make this recipe just as written and the heavy cream is crucial to the outcome. You could of course, experiment but, I can't say what the result would be.
OMG! I just made these. It works! I never have to spend money on over priced pralines again. YAY!!!!!
Exactly Nicole! Amazing right? Glad you enjoyed!
Ever tried it without the sea salt?
Oh yes of course, that can be left off with no other adjustments needed.
Hi Pam sounds perfect, enjoy!
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This recipe is absolutely divine! So easy to make. I have made these twice, and I almost are all of them!
Thanks for a wonderful recipe.
I'm so happy you love these as much as I do. They're so simple to make and work every time. Thanks so much for taking the time to let me know.
Will do. I think I'm going to try a batch this evening. I'm hoping it'll work.
I would probably just try freezing only a couple instead of the whole batch. Pecans caust too much to waste just saying
I have never frozen these, but, my thought would be they wouldn't hold-up well. If you do a test run, let me know how it goes.
Can these be frozen? I thought I might start making batches of them now for a graduation party in a few weeks. We are having fajitas catersd, and these would be wonderful after dinnerm
Pralines don't have to be made in the microwave, however, this particular recipe was developed that way. To make on the stovetop, the technique requires a candy thermometer and a different technique altogether.
Do you have to use a microwave? I don't use one...don't even have one.
Hi Beth! I know, they are so simple, you can't believe it until you actually try it. So happy you love these as much as I do, thanks for taking the time to let me know!
OMGoodness! I saw this on FB about half an hour ago and thought, "No way!" So i got up and made them--my microwave took about 7 1/2 mins. Wonderful!!! Thank You! Pralines in about 20 mins any time--how good is that?!
Hi Anne, you make such a valid point. The cooking time will always depend on how your microwave cooks, with slight variations. So happy you loved these, we do too! I appreciate your note. ~ Melissa
Does this recipe make the chewy pralines? I would love to be able to make the chewy ones.
I'm not sure I would describe these as chewy but, they are quite delicious!
Thank you for a quick and delicious recipe! My microwave is 1100 watts so I cooked the pralines for 6 minutes and they hardened a little too quickly, so next time I'll try a little less time. But these tasted so good!!!
I know, right? My sentiments exactly, enjoy! ☺ Melissa
I love caramel, I love pecans, I love pralines - and what could be better than adding "easy" to it.
LOL, I know, Linda. 🙂
Be still my heart! Sounds delish Melissa:)