No Bake Praline Cookies

These No Bake Praline Cookies taste almost identical to pralines but are way easier.  You might not want to share these with anyone. They’re just too good!

No Bake Praline Cookies

Pralines have long time been one of my very favorite treats.  I crave them.  Like all the time.

Recently I went to a certain gourmet store – well, gourmet for this small town girl, that is. Anywho, while I was there – I spotted a basket full of these amazing looking pralines beside the cash register.  Instant craving hit.  I had to buy one!  And for $3 a pop, I expected it to be ah-mazing. I couldn’t even wait til I got home to eat it, I was unwrapping it as I was walking to the car.  I took that first bite, a bite that should have been full of deliciousness.  But sadly, it was not full of deliciousness.  It didn’t even taste right.  Immediately, I checked the ingredient label and to my surprise, they had almonds in them & not pecans!

Say what?!

Shouldn’t they have been labeled them ‘Almond Pralines’ or better yet – ‘Not Pralines’?  Pralines have pecans!  Isn’t that the whole point?

So, then I’m left craving a good praline even more – especially after my bite of that overly priced praline impostor.

No Bake Praline Cookies

I needed a praline.  Actually needed.  As in my basic needs for survival are now food, water, shelter, & pralines.  I figured it was the perfect time to whip up a batch of one of my most favoritest easy desserts – one that tastes just like pralines. One in which I’ve been known to eat the entire batch of – in like less than 24 hours.  Oops.

Here’s what you need:

No Bake Praline Cookies

In a bowl, combine 2.5 cups of pecans & 2 cups of sweetened coconut flakes.

In a saucepan over medium high heat, stir together 2.5 cups sugar, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup corn syrup, & a stick of butter.

No Bake Praline Cookies

Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil while stirring – once it’s been brought to a boil, continue to cook another 3 minutes while still stirring.

No Bake Praline Cookies

No Bake Praline Cookies

Remove the pot from the heat; stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract along with the coconut/pecan mixture.

No Bake Praline Cookies

Drop by tablespoonfuls on a piece of wax paper or non-stick cooking spray.

No Bake Praline Cookies

Let cool so that the cookies harden completely. Enjoy!

No Bake Praline Cookies


No Bake Praline Cookies
Serves: about 2 dozen cookies
  • 2.5 cups sugar
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2.5 cups chopped pecans
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  1. In a bowl, combine coconut and pecans; set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the sugar, milk, corn syrup, & butter. Heat while stirring until the mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Let it boil while stirring for 3 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from heat & stir in the vanilla extract along with the coconut/pecan mixture. Stir the mixture well to combine after you remove it from the heat.
  4. Drop by large spoonfuls on wax paper or nonstick aluminum foil. Allow to cool so that the cookies harden completely.

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  • Jennifer Sikora

    That looks absolutely delicious! Now I want to make some of these yummy cookies! I am a pecan lover too 🙂

  • Carol Faulkner

    Oh good grief,
    someone did it to you and now you do it to us. The dreaded “praline or else” craving. OK, this recipe is just a little different than mine so I must try it. Right?? Pecans, coconut, sugar and butter. Perfect!1

    • Wanda WaabiskaMigizikwe Boomho

      Corn syrup, don’t forget the corn syrup 🙂

  • Carol Wacholz

    what does 2.5 cups of sugar mean?

    • Pat Kichinko

      Carol, that means 2 1/2 c. sugar. (Two and one half).

  • Alea Milham

    I can’t wait to try these no-bake praline cookies!

  • Stockpiling Moms

    Wow! This cookie looks delicious!

  • homecookingmemories

    My husband would LOVE these! Cookies with lots of coconut are totally his thing.

  • Amee

    Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Pat Kichinko

    2/5 cup? I’ve never heard of that before. Is that a misprint?

    • Yes, that was a typo & has been corrected now! 2.5 cups of chopped pecans 🙂

  • Sharon

    Want your pralines to cool faster? Place several (many) layers of newspaper under your waxed paper or foil. It will absorb the heat and you can eat them sooner! Learned this from a lady with friends in Louisiana!

    • Pat Kichinko

      You are very wise! Thanks so much!!

  • Carol Wacholz

    thanks pat

  • April Relford Haworth

    These look delicious!!! Hope you dont mind had to share this with my Potluck friends on facebook. I posted your link I hope they enjoy your site as much as I do 🙂

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  • candace

    Do these have to be refrigerated or are they shelf stable?

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  • Sharon

    Is that evaporated or homogenized milk?

    • Tara Drake Bazata

      I used regular 1% milk.

  • Sylvia Miller

    Can these be made with splenda.

  • Sylvia Miller

    Made these exactly as receipe is written. 3 min. on med low heat is not enough to harden praline. spooned them out on cookie sheet and they run . waited 3 hours and they never did harden. So I decided to scrap them off the cookie sheet and put them in a microwave save bowl.. Then I cooked them like I do my brown sugar fudge. Turn microwave on ten minutes and opened and stirred every 2 minutes.When done take them out and stir good and then proceed to scoup them onto the cookie sheet. Worked perfect and looked exactly like the picture on this page.

  • Mara

    Mine did not harden, but I am going to try to fix them because the resulting goop is DELICIOUS.

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  • Danielle

    Can something be used in place of the coconut? (I don’t like shredded coconut)

  • E. N.

    No, the point of pralines is not having pecans. I’m sure Google will give you a perfect explanation.

    • meme

      I google it your wrong

  • Tara Drake Bazata

    I made these per the instructions, and they didn’t harden – someone mentioned the same thing and they reboilded them. I did this and it worked!
    3 minutes boiling time isn’t enough per my (and others’) experience. I will boil for 5-6 minutes – this also gives them a more golden color which looks more like pralines, and they set up beautifully. Delicious!

    • Sally Wooten

      just cook them til they reach the soft ball stage – if you aren’t sure what this is, google it

  • ohiogirl

    FYI, no pralines are baked.

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  • Michelle from New Orleans

    I loved these “no bake” pralines because I love pralines and I love coconut, but just a few tidbits of information…YOU DON’T BAKE PRALINES! I make pralines regularly and I am from NOLA so mine are real, old fashion pralines (recipe passed down from my grandmother). They are made very similarly as these with a few differences in the ingredients (minus the coconut). So, if you want pralines, just find a good praline recipe! And, oh yeah, anytime you make any type of candy using a sugar and cream mixture, always boil until it reaches the “soft-ball” stage.

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