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Easy Pecan Praline Sauce (teacher gift)

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This Pecan Praline Sauce is so easy to make and tastes amazing!  (It’s made in the Microwave.) Praline Sauce brings together the flavors of butter, brown sugar, and pecans and is perfect as a topping on cheesecake, ice cream, yogurt.  

The best part is you can dress it up with a mason jar, a bit of ribbon, and a tag for the most amazing quick gift.

Pecan Praline Sauce

Easy Praline Sauce

We had meet the teacher night last night, and everyone is very excited for the new school year to start! (Though technically, I’m not looking forward to the early morning routine. Our organization and timely-ness needs work and I am not an early bird, lol.)

Easy Praline Sauce Recipe

I put together this quick Microwave Pecan Praline Sauce for teacher gifts.  The sauce is so yummy, makes a perfect topping over vanilla ice cream and cheesecake.  This stuff is amazing!!!

What is Pecan Praline Sauce

The pecan praline sauce is a sweet dessert topping sauce made with sugar, butter, pecans, and evaporated milk.  The final result is a versatile sauce that is rich, buttery, and full of caramel-y butterscotch flavors.

I couldn’t wait to try the praline sauce and had a scoop of ice cream with it as soon as it was done.  It is very rich and delicious, just like a pecan praline. (Creamy pecan pralines are my very favorite candy.)

Looks good, doesn’t it? 

Pecan Praline Sauce makes a fabulous gift for anybody, anytime!

Ingredients needed for This Praline Sauce Recipe

(Ingredients at glance, grab the full recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

  • Pecans | Natural pecans are what you want. You will toast and chop them yourself. 
  • Butter | Use salted butter. If you only have unsalted, that will work too, but you will want to add a pinch of salt in with the brown sugar.
  • Light brown sugar
  • Flour | All-purpose – this will help thicken your sauce.
  • Light corn syrup | Adds sweetness and a beautiful sheen to your syrup. It will also  prevent sugar crystals from forming,
  • Evaporated milk | I like to use evaporated milk in my sauces and soups as it can withstand high temperatures without curdling. (Plus, in cooked recipes, it gives a taste and consistency similar to cream, but without the extra calories and fat.)
  • Vanilla | I always recommend the best vanilla you can find. Definitely, not imitation vanilla as it definitely does not taste as good.

How to Make pecan praline sauce in the microwave.

Pecan Praline Sauce is actually very easy to make. Since this recipe is made in the microwave, you simply combine a few ingredients in a microwave-safe dish and cook the sauce in increments (stirring in between).  

I do recommend the extra step of toasting the pecans as it adds an extra depth of flavor. (Just take care not to burn the pecans- it’s easy to do!)

Tips for toasting your pecans in the microwave:

  • Use a large microwave-safe dish. (I like to use one of my pyrex baking dishes.)
  • Spread the pecan in a smooth layer (not all piled in the middle.)
  • Microwave the nuts at 1-minute intervals stirring in between.
  • Please remember all microwaves are different and can take between 4 to 7 minutes to toast the pecans all the way. just keep a close eye on them and keep stirring to prevent burning.
Pecan Praline Sauce

Ways to use pecan praline sauce

Pecan Praline sauce makes a fabulous gift and can be used in so many different ways.  Makes great topping a topping for:

  • pancakes or waffles
  • yogurt and ice cream
  • bread pudding
  • Cheesecake
  • pies and cakes
  • Almost any dessert anything made with pumpkin or sweet potatoes

For our teacher gifts, I topped the jars with some pretty fabric and baker’s twine, then added a tag that said:  Here is to a “sweet” school year!

Easy Pecan Praline Sauce Recipe

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Easy Pecan Praline Sauce Recipe

Easy Pecan Praline Sauce Recipe

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Cook Time: 13bminutes
  • Total Time: 13 minutes
  • Yield: 2.5 cups


Pecan praline sauce is a sweet dessert topping sauce made with sugar, butter, pecans, and evaporated milk.  The final result is a versatile sauce that is rich, buttery and full of caramel-y butterscotch flavors and makes a great topping on almost everything!


  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans
  • 7 tablespoons butter (divided)
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Put pecans and 3 Tablespoons butter in microwave safe dish.
  2. Cook on med-high for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring twice. Watch closely and be careful to not burn the pecans!
  3. Put rest of butter in separate microwave safe dish and melt in microwave.
  4. Whisk in brown sugar, and flour, and syrup til blended.
  5. Cook on high 6-8 minutes, stirring twice until the sugar is dissolved and thick.
  6. Whisk in Evaporated milk and Vanilla.  Stir until well combined.
  7. Combine pecan/butter mixture with the milk/sugar mixture.
  8. Store in refrigerator, makes 3 cups.


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  1. I just finished this recipe for gifting in little mason jars. I had to do a mix of pecans and walnuts because I burned my first bunch of pecans. I wasn’t watching closely enough! Second time I turned my microwave down from maximum. I also added some bourbon and a bit of sea salt after I cooked the nuts. My husband insists I make more. It’s incredible. Drool.

    1. I agree, it’s amazing! I too burned my first batch of pecans. It’s easy to do. I think I will update the post to include a paragraph that mentions this, lol

  2. I just made this yummy sauce to serve warmed over our pumpkin pie. Soooo good ! Thank you for the recipe !

  3. After making this, can I keep it on the shelf… or do I put it in the refrigerator? How long is it good for?

    1. Keep it in the fridge and it is good for a couple of weeks.

  4. I made this today and it is wonderful. Now I need vanilla ice cream and cheese cake to put under it. It’s the best thing since shirt pockets. Thanks from Oklahoma.

  5. Just came over from JamHands. This sounds so good, and the picture is fantastic. Microwave…even better! Can't wait to make this. Thanks!

  6. This is a great recipe. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

  7. YUM! when I was little I was obsessed with pralines and cream ice cream, except I always spit out the nuts, funny how our tastes change with age!

  8. Great idea and you made the jars so lovely. I'm going to pin this. Thanks for sharing it.
    Gail (

  9. This recipe looks AMAZING! I cannot wait to try it! I've pinned it for later. Found your post from the TT&J Weekend Wrap Up. Thanks for sharing!

  10. This looks wonderful. I will need to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  11. I love pecans, pralines, and cream ice cream and I know that I will love this sauce. Anything with pecans is a winner in my book 😎

  12. This sounds AMAZING. I want to make it now and just eat it with a spoon.

  13. I can just imagine this drizzled over top of a cheesecake…who am I kidding? I can see it POURED on top:-) Sounds super yummy!!!

  14. This looks delicious. I'm pinning this for later.

    Our meet hte teacher is tomorrow night. Here's to an awesome school year. 🙂