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Pecan Pralines

We don’t cotton to the chewy kind.

Photograph by Jody Horton

Makes about 20 pralines

2 cups white sugar 
2 cups light-brown sugar 
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
6 tablespoons light corn syrup
4 cups pecans 
1 generous tablespoon unsalted butter 
2/3 cup whole milk

Mix all ingredients very well in a large saucepan. Turn stove on medium-high heat and bring mixture to a boil; continue to cook, stirring frequently, until  a candy thermometer registers 234 degrees (candy will be at soft-ball stage). Remove from heat and stir for 1 to 2 minutes, or until mixture is not so glossy. Quickly spoon pralines onto trays lined with parchment paper. Let cool for about 20 minutes.

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