- 1 pound light brown sugar (about 3 firmly packed cups)
- 3/4 cup evaporated milk
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 cups pecan pieces
- Combine the brown sugar, milk, salt, butter, peanut butter, and cocoa in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve as the mixture heats. Continue to cook, stirring, until the mixture begins to bubble around the edges of the pan and reaches 234° to 240°F on a candy thermometer, or the soft ball stage (that is, when a bit of the mixture is dropped into cold water, it forms a soft ball that flattens), about 12 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the pecans. Drop the mixture by the tablespoonful onto waxed or parchment paper on a baking sheet and let cool completely. Lift the pralines off the paper with a thin knife.
- Pralines can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.