Praline sauce is a southern staple to keep on hand for all kinds of dessert recipes. Make this easy version with just four ingredients in no time.
I don't know another way to put it. This simple southern praline sauce is just magical. Buttery, sweet, ooey, gooey, all of that. You can
eat it by the spoonful, put it on baked goods or ice cream. You could even have a warm pot or jar of it on hand to top waffles or pancakes as part of your next brunch setup. Your friends will love you for it. My favorite party trick is pouring praline sauce over baked brie and calling it dip! The possibilities are pretty much endless, in my humble opinion. Just don't get too carried away because this is obviously not the healthiest thing ever. I mean, the pecans are good for you but the rest is pure indulgence. 🙂
If you like praline flavors, try these recipes, too.
- Apple Praline Biscuit Casserole
- Sweet Potato Bread Pudding with Praline Sauce
- Texas Pecan Praline Pound Cake
As you might guess from the name, praline sauce is basically a liquid praline. I first shared this praline sauce recipe in my sweet potato praline bread pudding recipe but because it's so versatile and addictive, it deserves its own post. By the way, did I mention that it is also beyond easy to make? You can make it in under 15 minutes and with just four very common ingredients: brown sugar, heavy cream, butter, and pecans. Intrigued? Here are a few handy tips to make ensure you have success with the recipe.
Tips for Making this Recipe
When I said my southern praline sauce was versatile, I didn't only mean the serving suggestions. You can make a few swaps and tweaks as you create it based on what you've got on hand.
- What kind of brown sugar is best for praline sauce? Use either dark or light brown sugar. The former will result in a deeper flavor than the other but both are perfectly delicious.
- Can I use salted butter in this recipe? Either unsalted or salted is fine. Really! If you have unsalted butter in your fridge but want more of a salted praline sauce, simply sprinkle in a little sea salt. Easy. I typically go with unsalted because it allows for the best control of flavor and sodium content.
- Chopped or whole pecans for pralines? Pecan options are wide open, too. I've made praline sauce using chopped pecans, pecan halves, and pecan pieces before. I like chopped pecans best for bread puddings.
- Will half and half work in this recipe? Heavy cream is the only non-negotiable for me. I don't recommend using regular milk or even half and half because the texture just won't be the same. They will work in a pinch but heavy cream is strongly preferred.
- How to serve praline sauce? This is the fun part. Praline sauce works over pound cakes, as a topping for a waffle bar, and it's an excellent ice cream topping. This bread pudding is probably my most popular use for praline sauce.
I'm excited to start my weekend [today!] and daydreaming about slathering a batch of this praline sauce all over some goodies for Easter brunch on Sunday. I hope your weekend is supremely enjoyable. And sharing is caring so be sure to pin this liquid praline recipe on Pinterest. Thanks for reading!
How to Make Praline Sauce at Home
Simple Southern Praline Sauce
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 ½ - 2 cups pecans
- Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.
- Add brown sugar and cream and stir well until mixture is uniform. Bring sauce to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.
- Remove praline sauce from heat then stir in pecans. Carefully enjoy as it is best served warm!
- Refrigerate unused praline sauce in a sealed container. Keeps for up to three weeks. Reheat before serving.
Trish the Dish says
This would be amazing over the Pecan ice cream that I get all the time... Yum!! I will have to fix this just for me!!!! 🙂
This sounds so deliciously decadent and I love that it only has a handful of ingredients.
I think this looks amazing - I have pinned this too, so I don't lose it! I can't wait to try this and how can I not - it's a simple recipe - thank you -
This sounds incredibly delicious. I would love to pour this over some warm apples.
Oh wow! That looks AMAZING!!!
Belle | One Awesome Momma
Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says
Yum! I could eat that entire jar in one setting. This looks amazing.
Have looked high and low for the best pecan praline sauce to serve over cheesecake. I have just found it. Yay!
I'm so glad you stopped by, Martha! Now, I'm suddenly craving cheesecake. 🙂
This looks delicious! <3 Some of the best recipes are not diet-friendly! 😉
Yummy! I love pralines and pralines-and-cream is my favorite flavor of ice cream.So this is the perfect way for me to get the flavor I love at home.
I love pouring this praline sauce over my pumpkin pie ice cream sundaes! This is my go-to every fall.
This sauce is DELICIOUS. It's hard not to eat it by the spoonful. Perfect for weekend or holiday brunch and so easy to make!
I've never heard of Praline sauce before and I'm so sad about that! This looks absolutly incredible and you're right, i would eat it by the spoonful. Beautiful.
I'm obsessed with praline sauce - it's just a southern thing. I feel like it runs through our blood. I agree that heavy cream is the way to go! It made this so silky!
Barry J. says
I made this recipe for my pancakes yesterday and it was AMAZING! Definitely going to keep a jar of this on hand.
Chenée Lewis says
I can't believe this was my first time having praline sauce when I love pecans SO much. This was perfect over ice cream, and then again the next day on pancakes!!!
Chenée Lewis says
I can’t believe this was my first time having praline sauce when I love pecans SO much. This was perfect over ice cream, and then again the next day on pancakes!!!
Capri Lilly says
I made this using coconut cream to keep it dairy free and it is so delicious! I love the brown butter flavor with the pecans! So good!
This sauce is AMAZING! We made some to eat with ice cream, even the kiddos loved it! Can’t wait to make it again!
This praline sauce is a game changer. It’s sweet, easy to make, and absolutely delicious! I cannot wait to make this again!
I would like to give this as gifts. Do you know how long this would stay good in the fridge?
Hi, Mindy. In my experience the sauce keeps for up to three weeks in the fridge. If you are jarring it, it will likely be ok for a couple of months unopened. That's a great question--I'll be sure to update the post!
I’m making this right now as I am typing “Thank you” for this recipe! This is delicious so far and I’m about to add the beautiful Georgia pecans I have purchased just for this recipe! I’m going to serve this and several other sauces with my purchased a Cotton Blues Original cheesecake for my husband’s birthday today as well as my son’s birthday that was 3 days ago. 😍❤️
Could you use this to put in the middle of a praline ice cream cake?
Hi Kelly! You definitely could use this in an ice cream cake. I recommend making sure the praline sauce has cooled and promptly transferring the cake to the freezer after adding the sauce to help it solidify.