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Holiday Pecan Praline Cookies

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My Holiday Pecan Praline Cookies are a cross between a bar, a cookie, and a pecan pie — and just the thing you need to make during this holiday season!


Hi Bold Bakers!

With the holidays in full swing, I am all about baking with the season’s classic ingredients. While I’m staying true to traditional flavors, I love mixing it up when it comes to how I combine all of these festive dessert building blocks. I’ve shared loads of cookie recipes, but unlike the others, my Holiday Pecan Praline Cookies are a cross between a bar, a cookie, and a pecan pie.

Can you think of a better combination?

What are holiday pecan praline cookies?

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Holiday Pecan Praline Cookies start with my Homemade Graham Crackers. While I really like to make my pecan praline cookies 100% from scratch, it is totally fine to take the help where you can get it and use store bought graham crackers, though!

Form there, I layer up my grahams with a pecan pie and praline flavored mixture. After baking, the graham crackers and pecan mixture melt together to form the most irresistible treat. I love making a big sheet of the my Pecan Praline Cookies and cutting them into nice sized squares. These have all the flavor or pecan pie, but are handheld and so easy to make.

Can I substitute the pecans?

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I really like the flavor of pecans with praline. I find this nutty combination to be classic world wide for the holidays. If for some reason you don’t like pecans, or you would like to use another nut, feel free because this would also taste lovely with slivered almonds, walnuts, or cashews!

How long do pecan praline cookies last?

My Pecan Praline Cookies will last up to 5 days covered and stored in an airtight container at room temperature. These make a great gift or make-ahead treat. I love to layer them in a pretty tin and give them as gifts!

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Holiday Pecan Praline Cookies Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
27 mins
 

My Holiday Pecan Praline Cookies are a cross between a bar, a cookie, and a pecan pie — and just the thing you need to make during this holiday season!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 25 squares
Author: Gemma Stafford
Ingredients
  • 18-20 whole graham crackers (about 2 sleeves), store bought or home made
  • 1 ½ cups (9oz/255g) (9oz/270g) dark brown sugar packed
  • 1 ½ cups (12oz/340g) (12oz/360g) butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (10oz/284g) pecans, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF (180°C). Line a sheet pan (13x18) with foil allowing the foil to overhang pan by a few inches on the long sides.

  2. Place graham crackers in single layer on prepared pan. Cover the entire pan. You will have to cut a few of the crackers to fit.
  3. Melt butter in a medium-size saucepan. Add brown sugar and whisk mixture together over medium heat. Stir continuously until sugar is fully incorporated. At first the butter and sugar will seem to separate. Just keep whisking till smooth.
  4. Bring mixture to a rolling boil, add pecans and continue cooking, stirring frequently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and salt. Be careful as mixture will bubble furiously when you add the vanilla.
  5. Working quickly, pour mixture over graham crackers and spread to cover with a knife.
  6. Bake for 12 minutes. The entire surface should be bubbly. If not, bake it for bit longer. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes.

  7. Using foil, transfer bars to a large cutting board and cut into squares. Allow to cool completely before serving. 

  8. Cover and store at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

 

 

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  1. Lisa Preston on August 15, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    These are AMAZING!! A huge hit!! I was looking for a recipe to add to a dessert tray, and these were a perfect compliment to another recipe you might like. It’s easy, fast and delicious!! Here you go:
    1 can of sweetened condensed milk
    1 package of Chippet brand SKOR pieces
    1 box of Ritz Original crackers (can be subbed with generic butter crackers)
    Crush the crackers into small pieces in a bowl. Add the milk and SKOR bits, then mix well. Press into a pan (9×9 for thicker squares, 9×13 for thinner squares) greased and lined with parchment for easy removal.
    Cook for 12-15 minutes at 350 degrees or until the edges begin to brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely. Cut into squares and enjoy!
    *I have added melted chocolate and caramel to the top of these as well, and they are divine! You could even include chopped nuts! Hope this recipe is useful to you! 🙂

    • Gemma Stafford on August 16, 2019 at 3:01 pm

      Delighted to hear it, Lisa!! Thanks for trying it out :).

      The additions sounds delicious.
      Best,
      Gemma.

  2. Ella Guevarra Alabado on April 10, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Hi. I’m looking for the video of this while your doing it. But I can’t find it😭

    • Gemma Stafford on April 10, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Hi, we did not make a video of this one, but that’s a great idea!

  3. Duncanst on January 2, 2019 at 6:42 pm

    We made these for Christmas and they were delicious. Super easy

    • Gemma Stafford on January 3, 2019 at 4:57 pm

      I am delighted to hear that. Hope you had a lovely holiday!

  4. Cathy allen on December 27, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Super easy and delicious!!! Definitely will make these again!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 28, 2018 at 7:22 am

      I’m delighted to hear it, Cathy! Well done to you.

  5. LivingLifeWith6 on December 20, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I have been making these every year since my grandmother taught me. I used your recipe this year though. And they turned out great! I break my graham crackers into 8 pieces and then lay them on the pan though. I have never met someone else that makes them like I do until now! These have always been a favorite in my family!

    • Gemma Stafford on December 20, 2018 at 5:13 pm

      Aw yes it is one of my favorites! Enjoy and have a lovely holiday!

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