Talk About a Sugar High

I found these little ditty’s on Pinterest around Christmas time, but never got around to making them.  A few days ago, I decided since they were no bake and I had “most” of the ingredients I’d whip some up.  Here’s the recipe and our assessment.

No Bake Coconut Pecan Praline Cookies

2 1/2 c. granulated sugar
1/2 c. evaporated milk
1/2 c. corn syrup
1 stick salted butter
1 t. vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. chopped pecans
2 c. sweetened, shredded coconut

In a medium size bowl, combine coconut and pecans, set aside.  In a heavy saucepan over medium high heat, stir sugar, evaporated milk, corn syrup and butter.  Cook and stir until mixture comes to a full rolling boil.  Let boil and stir for 3 minutes.

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Remove pan from heat and stir in vanilla and coconut and pecan mixture.  Stir off the heat for about 4 minutes until mixture stars to cool and thicken.  Drop by large spoonfuls on wax paper.  Let harden completely, about an hour to an hour and a half before serving.

I made these with pecans and walnuts to make up 2 1/2 cups.  The recipe states it makes 20 large cookies but I used a medium cookie scoop and it made about 36 cookies.  I read that people said the mixture didn’t thicken but it thickened fine for me, it just took some cooling off from the stove.

Here’s the thing with these cookies – they will immediately give you diabetes.  They are basically pure sugar.  Goodness gracious!!  My kids thought they were wonderful, of course.  I sent each of them out this morning with a bag to hand out at school.  I wouldn’t suggest eating more than 2 at a time.  I liked the idea of these, I just don’t think I’ll be making them again.  Totally too much sugar and I’m not sure how you’d tone it down.  However, if you don’t mind the sugar and you want something quick and really super sweet, this is your go to treat!  Have fun!

xoxo

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