Sweet and Spicy Candied Bourbon Pecans

Sugar. Bourbon. Pecans. These bourbon pecans are dangerously good. Picture them sprinkled on top of ice cream, cheesecake, or a salad.

Sugar. Bourbon. Pecans. These bourbon pecans are dangerously good. Picture them sprinkled on top of ice cream, cheesecake, or a salad. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

Sugar. Bourbon. Pecans. These suckers are dangerous.

Dangerously good.

I’m picturing them sprinkled on top of ice cream. Or arranged on top of a pumpkin cheesecake. Or heck, throw them on a salad! The possibilities are endless.

Let’s not overlook the fact that they are really good on their own, too.

They have just a touch of cayenne so you aren’t overwhelmed by the sweetness of the sugar and bourbon.

Sugar. Bourbon. Pecans. These bourbon pecans are dangerously good. Picture them sprinkled on top of ice cream, cheesecake, or a salad. Get the recipe on RachelCooks.com!

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Sweet and Spicy Candied Bourbon Pecans

Sugar. Bourbon. Pecans. These bourbon pecans are dangerously good. Picture them sprinkled on top of ice cream, cheesecake, or a salad.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with foil, parchment paper, or Silpat.
2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk egg white with bourbon until frothy. Stir in pecans, mixing until moistened.
3. In a separate small bowl, mix together sugar, salt, and cayenne until combined. Sprinkle over moistened nuts (that felt dirty), stir to combine and spread onto pan.
4. Bake for 20-30 minutes stirring every ten minutes. They burn quickly so keep an eye on them!

serving size: 1/4 cup

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Verdict: So tasty.
Husband’s take: Exact words? “I wish I had a beer to go with these!”
Changes I would make: Well, I’m not going to lie…a few got burnt. I’d keep a closer eye on them next time!
Difficulty: Easy. Just don’t burn them. Pecans are too expensive to go burning…trust me.

Candied Bourbon Pecans Nutrition Label

Actual nutrition may vary depending on how recipe is prepared.

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38 comments

  1. Love this recipe! I always tweak them a bit to add my own twist, so I put some vanilla extract and used brown sugar instead of white. Damn delicious!!

    Rating: 5
  2. How long do these last? I’d like to mail them to family as a gift…

  3. Great recipe.  We modified it to have a scant 1/8th teaspoon of cinnamon, and a little less cayenne, also super tasty.

    Rating: 3.5
  4. How about melted butter instead of egg whites?

  5. Can this recipe be used in the slow cooker

  6. I make nuts to give away to neighbors and friends at Christmas. This year I tried these Bourbon pecans. They are now our favorite and will become not only the Christmas treat to give, but our camping and snack time treat

    Rating: 5
  7. trying these right now to put on a spinach, apple, bacon salad for thanksgiving

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  12. I make a very similar recipe to these with water instead of bourbon. I am going to try these with the bourbon but will follow my other recipes baking temp. and time. Those call for a 250 oven and bake for one hour, stirring every 15 min. Burning is never an issue at this temp and once they cool, the nuts are crispy and crunchy. Looking forward to seeing how they taste!

  13. I just made these but since I didn’t have bourbon, I used Irish whiskey. Delicious! I think next time I’ll add a bit more salt and up the amount of cayenne to the full 1/4 tsp.

  14. These look fantastic!

  15. These are gonna drive my husband NUTS! ;)

    “Happy Cooking”

  16. I could be to the bottom of the bowl in a few minutes. Yum!

  17. I know I could eat the whole batch by myself. Candied nuts are so addicting!

  18. nuts like these drive me…uh…nuts

  19. Loverly! I love pecans and these look like something that I could not stop nibbling on!

  20. Bourbon has just been added to the grocery list. I make a salad copycat from O’Charleys with pecans and cranberries and these will be the pecans of choice I am sure now! Thanks!

  21. These look soooo good! You are right these could be dangerous!

  22. I made roasted almonds sort of like this right before Xmas. I could eat the entire tray in like…5 seconds. These sound sooooo delish!

  23. um yes please! toss some in your popcorn, too.

  24. These look so good!! They would be great on everything you listed! Especially right out of the hand!

  25. These look amazingly dangerous. Love this!

  26. Totally bookmarked this. I’m in love.

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