I have made these before, too, and they are GF and simple to make , and of course DELICIOUS!
1 1/2 Cups sugar
3/4 Cup light-brown sugar, packed
1/2 Cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
6 Tablespoons butter
1 1/2 Cups pecans, coarsely chopped
Combine sugars, milk, vanilla, salt and butter in heavy saucepan.
Place over medium-high heat and bring to boil, stirring once or twice. Let boil about 6 or 7 minutes until syrup reaches soft-ball stage (238 to 240 degrees or test syrup in 1 Cup of cold water; it should hold together in soft ball).
Remove pan from heat and stir mixture until it cools and thickens. This does not take long, and when slightly thickened, add pecans and drop by large spoonfuls onto large piece of wax paper to cool and become firm. Store in plastic food bag, or freeze until needed.
Makes about 24 (2 1/2 inch round) pralines.
OK, it's really candy more than cookies, but it's still good :)
I did not have much luck making these low carb. They are gluten free already, though!
If they do not harden properly into candy, you can save them by adding two eggs, 2 cups of flour, 1/2 Cup brown sugar, and 1 tsp. baking powder, and mix together as cookies. Place spoonfuls on a baking sheet about an inch apart. Bake at 350 degrees 10-13 minutes until set. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.
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