Tuesday, December 22, 2009

In Debbie's Kitchen: Praline Strips

You're gonna love these.

Today I have another installment of In YOUR Kitchen. Today, the kitchen in question is my sister-in-law Kim's mom Debbie's kitchen. She was headed into her holiday cooking and invited me over to take some photos. Of course, I jumped at the chance!

The cookbook.

Debbie first explained this recipe came from a circa 1960's "cooky book" put out by the Wisconsin Electric Power Company. This company put out a cooky book each year before Christmas for years and years back in the day to all of their customers. In fact, they have become quite the collector's item on eBay and other places. Debbie grew up in Wisconsin and has several of these from her mother's stash. She says they are a treasure trove of interesting and different holiday cookie recipes. They are really cool little books and so "retro" that I can see their appeal.


The recipe Debbie is doing for us today are the praline strips. I have been the lucky beneficiary of these tasty treats every year since Kim has been a part of S's family. She always brings her mother's creations over to my in-law's house, and this particular little treat is one of my favorite. It might be the favorite of mine, and I am now glad to know they are easy to make!

First steps - parchment and graham crackers.

The first thing Debbie suggests is to line your cookie sheet with parchment paper. She says this will save you a lot of hassle later. Then break the graham crackers into squares and fill the cookie sheet with the grahams.



Notice the graham squares are all facing the same way, in that the little perforations in the middle are all going the same way. This is important for later. So, when you put the grahams on the sheet, put them all in the same direction.

Next up - butter.

I told you that you were gonna like this recipe - here's one reason why - two sticks of butter are involved. It seems the more butter in a recipe on this here blog, the better you like it. So, this should put this recipe right towards the top of the list!

Put that butter on the stove to melt.

Once it begins to melt...

...add in the brown sugar.

Stir pretty much constantly until combined and it begins to boil.

Yes, that is a corndog in the toaster oven.
Kim's sister Kelsey was making it.

Once it boils, continue to cook for 2 minutes.

Then add in the pecans.

Once they are incorporated it's time to spread it onto the grahams.

Just spread it all over.

There is plenty of topping.

Then spread it out evenly over the graham crackers.

Debbie says you want to get it evenly spread out, but you don't have to worry too much about getting it all the way to the edge because when it goes in the oven it will spread out even more.

OK - ready for the oven!

Stick it in the warmed oven for 10 minutes.

When it comes out of the oven, it will look like this.
Set it down and let it cool...but not too much!

While still warm, pull the parchment off the cookie sheet.

Use a metal spatula to cut off the edges.

Use the spatula to slice the grahams along the perforations (in half) as well.

Until they are all separated.

And let them cool completely.
Or eat one right away. I won't tell.

That's it! You're finished! Easy, huh? And oh so tasty, sister. You're gonna be the bell of the Christmas cookie ball with these gems. You know you want to make them now. So go ahead. It'll be great!

Debbie's Praline Strips

24 whole graham crackers
1 cup (two sticks) butter
1 cup
brown sugar, packed
1 cup chopped pecans

Place graham cracker squares on a cookie sheet covered in
parchment paper, taking care to make sure they are all faced the same way. Place
butter and sugar in saucepan and bring to a boil. Boil two minutes. Stir in
pecans. Spread mixture evenly over the graham squares. Bake at 350 degrees for
10 minutes. Cut away and in half when warm.

So there you have it! Another holiday recipe for you, and a tasty, easy one at that! Thanks Debbie for letting me photograph your holiday baking. It was fun!

Best wishes to all of you for your Tuesday. I am feeling a bit better today, and that's a great thing! See you tomorrow.


  1. Pecans!! mmmmm!


  2. Glad to hear you're feeling a little better today!  Those praline squares sound divine!  I've already tried 3 of the recipes on your blog (all wonderful), so I'm adding this one too!


  3. We are making cookies tomorrow so I am definitely going to give the Praline strips a try. When we were in Savannah Ga. I ate my first Praline boy were they good.


  4. I'm making these praline strips right now. Can't wait to taste them. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes, Amy. Merry Christmas!!



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