Peacan praline bars

Wicked AF Praline Bliss (Pecan Praline Bars)

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WICKED AF Praline Bliss

Who doesn’t love Pecan Praline bars?  Buttery Caramel Pecan Praline bars- This recipe lives up to the name WICKED.  

The creamy butter, rich brown sugar, and perfectly oven-toasted pecans melt together flawlessly.  Wicked AF is an easy, irresistible, and wickedly habit-forming treat. Trust us when we say they’ll disappear fast, and of course, they’ll be requested again and again.

Fair warning: once this praline genie is out of the bottle, there’s nothing you can do.  You will give in to the crunchy, buttery decadence in all its glory.

Ingredients

  • Graham Crackers
  • Light Brown Sugar
  • Vanilla
  • Kosher salt or Sea salt flakes
  • Pecans
  • Butter

 

 

 

Pecan Praline bars with Ice Cream

They’re exceptional on their own or served alongside French vanilla ice cream. Kick it up a notch with Haagen-Dazs Bourbon Vanilla Bean Truffle ice cream. Insanely delicious! 

 

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Wonderful Gifts

These mouthwatering treats also make a fabulous hostess gift.  Additionally, they pair perfectly with a strong cup of coffee.  Great anytime you need a sweet/caffeine pick-me-up. Honestly, there’s never a time NOT to enjoy these blissfully indulgent nuggets!

Are you invited to parties because of YOU, or because you bring Wicked AF Praline Bliss?  Probably the latter. Don’t blame us though – we told you they were WICKED!

 

Where did the Praline Pecan magic come from?

 

Pralines in France

The original Praline was innovated in France in the 17th Century.  A French diplomat was known for giving bundles of decadent pralines to his prospective lovers.  

These small squares were so delicious, they became popular throughout Europe.  The first Pralines were a combination of caramel and almonds.  Of course, the praline recipe spread and changed over the years. 

 

 

Pralines in New Orleans

Interestingly the Praline recipe was brought to New Orleans by French Nuns.  These Ursine Nuns helped prepare young women for marriage.  As part of this training, the Nuns taught the young ladies to make pecan pralines from scratch. 

At the time, almonds were unavailable in Louisiana- but Pecans were plentiful, and locally grown.  The wonder of these caramelized pecan desserts spread across the region.

In the 19th Century, poor women, and women of color began selling these popular treats to tourists and residents.  The pralines offered an income that otherwise would not have been available to these ladies  They became known as Pralinières 

 

Fun Facts about Pecans

 

 
Tray of Praline Pecan bars
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5 from 46 votes

Wicked AF Praline Bliss

Buttery caramel pecan pralines to die for.
Prep Time20 minutes
Active Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy recipe, Hostess Gift, Party Dessert, Party Food, Praline
Yield: 18
Calories: 221kcal
Author: Badass Sweets Lover

Materials

  • 18-22 Graham Cracker Squares Each square is half of a full rectangle
  • 1 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp Salt Coarse Kosher or Sea Salt Flakes
  • 1 1/4 cups Pecans Coarsely Chopped
  • 1 cup Butter

Instructions

  •  Preheat oven to 350°F
  • Line an ungreased 10” X 15” rimmed jellyroll pan or 9” X 15” baking pan with GRAHAM CRACKERS, breaking in half as necessary to fit. Do not overlap. OPTIONAL: Before placing crackers in the pan, line it with parchment paper, ensuring the paper lays flat. Allow overhang for easy lift out.
  • While stirring, melt BUTTER and SUGAR in a small saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a boil. Boil gently for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat and carefully stir in SALT and VANILLA.
  • Pour mixture evenly over top of the GRAHAM CRACKERS, spreading to coat all.
  • Sprinkle the chopped pecans evenly over top. 
  • BAKE for 10-12 minutes until uniformly bubbly.  Bake an additional 2 minutes if you prefer a crunchier version.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool. While cooling, periodically run a spatula gently around the edges to prevent sticking.
  • Once cool, run a spatula around the edges and underneath to loosen from the pan.
  • Transfer intact to a cutting board & cut into 1 ½ - 2” pieces.
  • Store leftovers (AS IF!) in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. (Wax paper recommended between layers.)

Notes

Vegan / Gluten-Free Alternatives: (These options are not tested by Cuss Kitchen)
Pamela’s Honey Grahams (GLUTEN-FREE)
Nabisco Grahams – Original (VEGAN)
Kinnikinnick S’Moreables Graham Style Crackers (VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE)
Miyoko’s European Style Organic Cultured Vegan Butter (VEGAN)

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 319IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

Vegan / Gluten-Free Alternatives:

(These options are not tested by Cuss Kitchen)

  • Pamela’s Honey Grahams (GLUTEN-FREE)
  • Nabisco Grahams – Original (VEGAN)
  • Kinnikinnick S’Moreables Graham Style Crackers (VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE)
  • Miyoko’s European Style Organic Cultured Vegan Butter (VEGAN)
 
 

Dessert American Easy recipe, Hostess Gift, Party Dessert, Party Food, Praline

Perfect Pairing with Praline Pecan Cookies

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9 Responses

    1. So happy you love them as much as we do, thanks for sharing! And great idea to serve Wicked AF with ice cream—FABULOUS!

  1. 5 stars
    This pecan praline bar recipe is so yummy! It’s like having a crunchy pecan pie without having to make a crust. Additionally, the bars are easily portable so I send a few home with my guest.

    1. Thank you, Stephanie! You hit the nail on the head, these bars are great for giving. A perfect homemade giftable!

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