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Southern Pralines

My grandmother always made these buttermilk pralines, especially at Christmas.  I continue to make them every year because it wouldn’t feel like the holidays without Mamaw’s Candy.

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Southern Pralines

2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1 Tablespoon corn syrup
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups pecans
1 1/2 tablespoon butter

First, set up a long sheet of parchment or wax paper on a counter or table to place the candies on to cool and harden. You may also want to put a potholder down to set the hot pot on, if you do not want to place it directly on your counter top. The pralines come together quickly at the end and you will need to work fast so I find setting up your station first is crucial.

Select a large saucepan, these candies boil up significantly!

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Combine the sugar, buttermilk, baking soda and corn syrup in the pot. Stir and place over medium-low heat. Bring the mixture to soft ball stage or about 240° on a candy thermometer stirring constantly. The mixture will brown and bubble.
Once if reaches soft ball stage add the pecans, vanilla, and butter.

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Remove from heat and stir vigorously until glossy and it starts to become thick. Quickly spoon onto wax or parchment paper. Let harden completely before removing from paper.

Note: if it hardens before you can spoon it out return it to heat for a few minutes until spoon-able.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!! and happy candy making!

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Chocolate Mint Sandwich Cookies

Holiday baking is definitely in full swing at my house and it is starting to feel a lot like Christmas!

One of the important lessons I have learned in holiday baking is when you are using peppermint extract use the good stuff. The “pure” rather than imitation mint makes a big difference in the flavor.

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I got the recipe for these cookies out of the December 2012 issue of Food and Wine Magazine.  The link will take you to the recipe on their website. These cookies are a little but time consuming but turn out adorable and are worth the time if you like mint!  One piece of advice is the thickness of the cookie will effect the baking time so I would keep an eye on it starting at about 9 minutes.

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I dipped one edge of mine into the chocolate glaze and then dipped the edge immediately into crushed peppermints or sprinkles!  If you would prefer a less chocolate-y cookie you can leave the sandwiches as is.  Really the possibilities are endless!

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