In Murder Out Of Character, Ms. Anna May runs the local neighborhood café and bakery On A Roll in Peach Coast, and her pralines are absolutely to die for. Marvey can never resist having a few when she comes for coffee and a pastry, and she’s always sure to have some on hand at the library for friends - or deputies - who stop by.

These sweet, southern classics are the perfect snack or dessert for when you need some brain fuel to put the clues together, or for when you just need a quick treat; easy to make and perfect for sharing!


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 12


• 2 cups light brown sugar, packed

• 2 cups sugar

• 1 cup half and half

• 3 cups pecan halves

• 4 tablespoons butter


1. Combine brown sugar, white sugar and half and half in a heavy 2 quart saucepan and bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until mixture reaches 227 degrees or soft ball stage on the candy thermometer.

2. Add pecans and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently.

3. Remove saucepan from heat and let cool for 2 minutes.

4. Using a tablespoon, spoon rounded balls of warm praline mixture onto a sheet of wax paper leaving about 3 inches between each ball (this will allow them to spread). Let cool.