Whether you need to bring something special to a potluck or festive dinner, or if you simply want to treat yourself, these incredibly easy coconut pralines are just the ticket. Don't think of the standard pecan-based pralines when viewing this recipe. Instead, these are fluffy, sweet candies that combine sugar and coconut to heavenly effect. They require just a handful of ingredients, and you can whip them up in a few minutes. Serve this special New Orleans treat at any time of year!
And guess what — one way you can make them extra special is by drizzling them with chocolate sauce. Another way is the way that my family loves: serving them with ice cream!
40min to prepare serves 36
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 1/2 cups coconut, grated
- 1 cup whole milk or coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Mix the sugar, coconut and milk in a heavy pot over medium heat.
- Boil, stirring constantly, until the mixture reaches the soft-ball stage. The mixture temperature should be 240 degrees Fahrenheit using a candy thermometer.
- Remove from the heat immediately. Stir in the butter and vanilla, and beat until the mixture is creamy and thick.
- Drop by the tablespoonful onto wax paper in mound shapes. Allow the pralines to cool completely before removing them from the wax paper using a knife.
Recipe adapted from Nola.com