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Bourbon Candied Pecans Recipe

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Last Updated on June 7, 2023 by Leah Hall

These are great in a dessert, or even just by themselves (we won’t tell!). Bourbon gives a sweetness to these tasty pecan recipes, and the spices make it very fall!


Almost every weekend in the summer we take a trip down to the Omaha Farmer’s Market to load up on fresh produce, locally produced cheeses and occasionally a couple of goodies. We love wandering around the market, checking out the various offerings of each booth and enjoying the festival like atmosphere.

Bourbon Candied Pecans in white bowls on blue and white napkin

Roasted Nuts

One of our favorite parts is a booth that makes German Roasted Nuts fresh during the time the market is open.


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Bourbon Candied Pecans, these roasted nuts in white ceramic bowl on blue and white napkin, wood spoon and flowers in background

Whisk / Slotted Spoon

The nuts are coated in sugar, cinnamon and Vanilla Extract and roasted in a big stockpot which makes the aroma of the roasting process fill the air with a delicious warm scent.


We love snacking on these treats, especially during the months when the market is open, but during those months when the market isn’t open, it would be nice to have these for a snack at home.

We decided to make our version of these roasted nuts, Bourbon Candied Pecan recipes at home so we could snack on them year round.

Bourbon Candied Pecans in white ramekins on blue and white napkin. Flowers behind

Sheet Pan / Wood Spoon

What Ingredients are Needed for the Pecan Recipes?

  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Egg White
  • Honey
  • Bourbon
  • Pecans
  • Nutmeg
  • Cloves
  • Salt


Drawing inspiration from the classic French candy the praline, our Bourbon Candied Pecans use roasted pecans, the warmth of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves and the sweetness of honey and brown sugar to make this crunchy sweet treat.  A splash of Kentucky bourbon adds a rich layer of decadence.


The sweet coating of sugar and spices forms a crisp crunchy outer shell that surrounds the roasted pecan. Roasting the pecans brings out the rich nutty sweetness while crisping up the candied shell. You can use these to top some ice cream, for a sweet addition to pancakes or waffles, or just to snack on!


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Bourbon Candied Pecans in wite bowls on blue and white napkin
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Bourbon Candied Pecans

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

A boozy touch to these candied pecans that are reminiscent of pralines.


Bourbon Candied Pecans

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash nutmeg and cloves
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon bourbon
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 pound pecans, halves


Preheat oven to 250°. Line baking sheet with foil.

In a large bowl, combine the sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt.

Stir and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the egg white, whiskey, vanilla and honey.

Whisk together until frothy.

Add the pecans and stir to coat.

With a slotted spoon or fork, remove pecans and add them to the sugar mixture, don't dump in the extra liquid.

Pour pecans out onto prepared baking sheet.

Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes or so.

The pecans will be sticky until they cool.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 181Total Fat: 12.1gSaturated Fat: 1.4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 4mgCarbohydrates: 13.3gFiber: 1.9gSugar: 11.4gProtein: 2.1g

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Monday 12th of September 2022

I would like to ship these to my service member but it will take about three weeks to get to him. What can I do to keep them fresh for that amount of time?

catherine allen

Saturday 14th of December 2019

once you have covered in sugar mixture and poured into the prepared pan do I separate them as they come out into the pan I a big clump.

The 'Noms.

Monday 16th of December 2019

Hi Catherine, Yes you need to separate the nuts before baking.


Thursday 13th of June 2019

I have made a lot of candied pecans in my day but I have never added bourbon. You have peaked my interest!

The 'Noms.

Saturday 15th of June 2019

Thanks so much! It adds a great deeper flavor to them! Cheers!


Sunday 1st of October 2017

These sound like just the thing for my Prohibition party. How long will they keep and how do you store them?

The 'Noms.

Sunday 8th of October 2017

Thanks so much, we hope you like them! We just store them in an airtight container - and they will keep for a week or 2. Enjoy!

Kindly Unspoken

Tuesday 19th of July 2016

Oh my goodness these sound delightful! I bet these smells amazing! :)

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