Sweet and Simple Praline Ice Cream Sauce Recipe

Indulge in the heavenly sweetness of the South with my easy Praline Ice Cream Sauce recipe. As a chef specializing in southern-style cuisine, I can tell you that this sauce will enrich your taste buds with its creamy and luscious texture, making it an incredible addition to any dessert repertoire. The praline sauce made with brown sugar, butter, and pecans has been a staple component of Southern desserts for centuries, and now you can recreate it with my easy homemade recipe.

With only a handful of ingredients such as evaporated milk, light corn syrup, flour, chopped pecans, and light brown sugar, this dessert sauce is simple to make yet incredibly delicious. Whether you are pairing it with vanilla ice cream or pouring it over pound cake or pancakes, my Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce Recipe will have everyone asking for more.

Get ready to transport yourself to the great city of New Orleans with every bite of this smooth and flavorful praline sauce recipe made right from your own kitchen. So let’s get cooking and start by gathering the ingredients for our easy pecan praline sauce together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce
Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce

There are many reasons why you’ll fall in love with this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce recipe. For starters, who doesn’t love ice cream? And when you add a homemade, easy pecan praline sauce made with brown sugar and butter, you’re taking your dessert game to the next level.

Not only is this recipe a crowd-pleaser, but it is also perfect for those who want to impress their guests without slaving away in the kitchen all day. The ingredients are simple and readily available, meaning you can whip up this delicious sauce in no time.

The combination of light brown sugar, butter, and chopped pecans creates the perfect balance of sweet and nutty flavors that will leave your taste buds craving more. Plus, serving it on top of your favorite ice cream flavor (like vanilla or butter pecan) creates a heavenly dessert experience that everyone will remember.

But don’t just take my word for it – take one bite of this sauce drizzled over a scoop of ice cream and you’ll know exactly why this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce recipe is a must-try for any dessert-lover out there. So what are you waiting for? Grab your apron and get ready to indulge in an easy homemade praline sauce that’s sure to impress.

Ingredient List

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Let’s start with the basic ingredients

1 cup Light Corn Syrup
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
7 tablespoons butter, divided
1/2 cup evaporated milk

Now time for the pecan praline goodness

1 cup chopped pecans
1-1/4 cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Finally, add some creaminess to the mix

1 cup heavy cream

Make sure to have all your ingredients measured out and ready to go before starting this recipe!

The Recipe How-To

Preparing the Praline Sauce

This Southern praline sauce is easy to make and can be used as a topping for ice cream or any other dessert you desire. To begin, gather all ingredients (butter, pecans, brown sugar, evaporated milk, and light corn syrup) and measure them carefully.

In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter (1 cup) then add in brown sugar (1 1/4 cups) until it dissolves. Mix in the corn syrup (1/4 cup) and the evaporated milk (1 cup), stirring constantly so that the mixture doesn’t burn. Allow the mixture to come to a boil, then reduce heat to low and cook for about 5-7 minutes while stirring occasionally.

After 5-7 minutes, remove the saucepan from heat and add in chopped pecans (2 cups). Combine well until each pecan is coated in caramelized goodness.

Making the Pecan Praline Ice Cream Sauce

To make this sauce into a pecan praline ice cream sauce, simply mix half of your finished southern praline sauce with your favorite vanilla ice cream base. Proceed to churn this mixture into ice cream as directed by your ice cream maker’s instructions.

The remaining half of the southern praline sauce can be used as a topping or stored for later use.

Serving the Pecan Praline Ice Cream Sauce

Once churned and frozen, serve your homemade Southern praline ice cream with a generous drizzle of this praline ice cream sauce. For extra crunch and texture, sprinkle with additional chopped pecans on top.

This recipe is easy enough to keep stocked even throughout cooler months, as it makes for an excellent bourbon praline sundae or caramel pecan topping for cakes and other desserts as well. So go on and indulge in this quintessential New Orleans treat by whipping up an easy homemade Southern praline sauce that’s sure to impress your family or guests.

Substitutions and Variations

 Drizzle me with some love!
Drizzle me with some love!

When it comes to creating your own spin on this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce recipe, the possibilities are as endless as the stretches of the Mississippi Delta.

For those wishing to reduce the sweetness, you can cut down on the amount of sugar and corn syrup by using maple syrup instead. If you would like a more intense flavor, switch out the light corn syrup for dark corn syrup. Alternatively, you could add some bourbon or rum to give your sauce a punch.

While pralines are traditionally made with pecans, consider changing things up with other types of nuts such as almonds, walnuts, or even cashews. You could also try mixing several nuts together for a unique combination of flavors and textures.

For another twist, serve the sauce alongside something other than ice cream. Try drizzling it over pancakes or waffles for breakfast, or accompanying cheesecake for a sweet treat after dinner.

Don’t limit your creativity – experiment with different flavors and ingredients until you find the perfect variation that suits your taste buds. The beauty of this easy praline sauce is that it lends itself well to customization without compromising its deliciously Southern flair.

Serving and Pairing

 The cherry on top of your Sunday!
The cherry on top of your Sunday!

As a chef who takes immense pride in crafting southern-style dishes that are both delicious and visually stunning, it is important to me that my dishes make a statement. That’s why I always strive to pair my recipes with complementary ingredients that elevate the overall flavor profile of the dish.

When it comes to this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce recipe, there’s only one thing that can do it justice – a generous scoop of creamy vanilla ice cream. The sweet, nutty flavor of the pecan praline pairs magnificently with the cold, smooth vanilla base of the ice cream, creating a heavenly dessert indulgence.

To further enhance the flavors of this dessert, I recommend topping each serving with a sprinkle of chopped pecans or drizzling an extra spoonful or two of the praline sauce over the top. This will add an extra layer of crunch and sweetness that will leave your taste buds wanting more.

Another great way to serve this sauce is as a topping for apple pie or warm fruit cobbler. The spicy notes in these desserts will perfectly complement the rich, buttery flavor of the Southern Praline sauce.

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try using this sauce as a caramel praline syrup for coffee or on breakfast foods like waffles and pancakes. The possibilities are endless!

In any case, just be sure not to skimp on the ice cream – it truly is what brings this easy homemade Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce recipe to life. Trust me, one taste of this decadent praline sauce made with brown sugar and butter will have you coming back for seconds (and probably thirds!).

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Spoonful of heaven!
Spoonful of heaven!

As a busy chef, I know how valuable time can be. And that’s why I love this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce recipe so much, not only because it’s easy to make but also because it can be made ahead of time and stored for later use.

To make the sauce ahead of time, simply follow the recipe instructions and allow the sauce to cool down completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Store the container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. When you’re ready to use it, simply take it out of the fridge and let it warm up to room temperature before serving.

If you have some leftover praline sauce, don’t worry! You can store it in the freezer for up to three months. Just make sure you use an airtight container or freezer bag and leave enough space at the top for expansion as the sauce freezes. When reheating the sauce, place it in a microwave-safe bowl and heat it up in 15-30 second increments, stirring after each interval until heated through.

Another great way to enjoy this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce is by turning it into a dessert topping. Simply heat the sauce up in a pot over medium-low heat until thinned out and drizzle over vanilla ice cream or butter pecan ice cream. It’s a perfect way to indulge in something sweet and creamy on any given day.

So whether you want to store this easy praline sauce in the refrigerator or freezer or turn it into a dessert topping, this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce recipe won’t disappoint!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Because the south does it best!
Because the south does it best!

As a chef who specializes in Southern-style cuisine, I know the little tricks and tips that can make a good recipe truly great. Here are my top tips for achieving perfect results with this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce Recipe.

1. Use good quality ingredients: The key to a successful praline sauce is high-quality ingredients. Use fresh pecans, real butter, and pure vanilla extract for the best flavor.

2. Don’t rush the process: Take your time when making this sauce. Let the butter melt slowly and continue to stir gently until it is completely melted and combined with the other ingredients.

3. Don’t overcook the sauce: Over-cooking can cause the sauce to become too thick or grainy. Keep an eye on it and remove it from the heat as soon as it reaches your desired consistency.

4. Let it cool before storing: The sauce will thicken further as it cools. Be patient and allow it to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

5. Experiment with different variations: Add bourbon or maple syrup to create a custom flavor that’s uniquely yours. Use the sauce to top anything from ice cream to bread pudding to create a delicious dessert.

By following these simple tips and little tweaks, you’ll have perfect Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce every time – just like they serve in New Orleans!


As a chef specializing in Southern-style cuisine, I know that creating any recipe can often lead to questions or concerns. That is why I have compiled a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) that may arise when making my Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce Recipe. From ingredient substitutions to how long the sauce can be stored, these FAQs will help you perfect this delicious and easy-to-make sauce recipe that will surely impress your friends and family.

What is praline sauce made of?

If you’re looking for a sweet and nutty sauce to complement your desserts, this recipe featuring brown sugar and pecans will definitely hit the mark.

What is praline ice cream made of?

In this recipe, I will guide you through making your own batch of delectable Pralines and Cream Ice Cream. This delightful dessert blends the distinct flavor of candied pecans with a creamy vanilla ice cream, topped with caramel swirls. The ice cream is Philadelphia style, which involves churning a mixture of cream, milk, and sugar into a smooth and sweet concoction.

Is butter pecan ice cream the same as praline?

When it comes to butter pecan and pecan praline, the main contrast lies in how the pecan taste is balanced out. Butter pecan emphasizes the perfect combination of pecan flavors with the creaminess of butter, which is then blended into various dishes, such as ice cream.

What are New Orleans pralines made of?

Pralines are a delicious and traditional southern treat made with simple ingredients like sugar, milk, butter, and pecans. At the renowned New Orleans School of Cooking, they teach visitors how to make their own authentic pralines. And now, you too can follow this recipe and make a warm batch of pralines from the comfort of your own home.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce Recipe is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before. It embodies the spirit of New Orleans with its rich, buttery, and nutty flavors that melt in your mouth. The creamy texture of the ice cream base combined with the crunchiness of the pecans makes every bite pure bliss.

The easy homemade praline sauce made with brown sugar, pecans, butter, and cream is perfect for any dessert occasion. Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, this recipe has got you covered.

So why not give it a try? With ingredients that are easy to find and simple to make, this sauce recipe is perfect for anyone to enjoy. You’ll save money by making your own sauce rather than buying premade ones at the store, and you can customize it to suit your taste preferences. Plus, once you try this praline sauce recipe, you’ll never want to go back to regular caramel sauce or anything else.

Whether you choose to pair it with vanilla ice cream or use it as a topping for other desserts like pancakes or waffles, one thing is for sure – this Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce Recipe will leave you wanting more. So don’t wait any longer and try it today!

Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce

Southern Praline Ice Cream Sauce Recipe

I found this ice cream sauce in a magazine years ago. Our daughter Allison used to make it for Christmas gifts for her grandparents. It is fantastic and easy with the microwave.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 3 Cups of rich sauce
Calories 327.7 kcal


  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans (5 oz)
  • 7 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk


  • Put pecans and 3 Tablespoons butter in microwave safe dish.
  • Cook on high for ten minutes, stirring twice.
  • Put rest of butter in separate microwave safe dish.
  • Heat until melted.
  • Whisk in brown sugar, and flour, and syrup til blended.
  • Cook on high 6-8 minutes , stirring twice, until the sugar is dissolved and thick; add pecan/butter mixture.
  • Let stand 2 minutes.
  • Pour into hot jars and seal.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 84gCalories: 327.7kcalCarbohydrates: 47.6gProtein: 2.3gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5.6gCholesterol: 21.9mgSodium: 86.5mgFiber: 1.1gSugar: 32.6g
Keyword < 30 Mins, Dessert, Easy, Low Protein, Microwave, Sauces
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