Have you ever made candied nuts? I’ve made many recipes with pecans, but I’ve never made them into candied nuts before. Actually, I’ve never made any candied nuts. Surprisingly, this was such a satisfying little recipe to whip up. They were originally made to top the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Cupcakes that are coming up on the blog soon.
They were such a little thrill to make, and Nate loved snacking on them. So, I’ve made a few batches to use up the giant bag of pecans I bought for the cupcakes.
This recipes calls for bourbon. If you don’t do alcohol, or don’t have any in the house, no worries! Just add 1-2 tablespoons of water.Print
Candied Bourbon Pecans
- Total Time: 16 minutes
- Yield: 1 1x
A simple recipe to turn pecans into candied bourbon nuts.
- 1 cup of pecans (chopped OR halves)
- 2 tablespoons bourbon (can substitute water)
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients and mix until the pecans are well coated.
- Lay a piece of parchment paper on a cookie sheet and spread the pecans out on it.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Use a spatula to pull the pecans off the parchment before they permanently glue themselves. Then let them cool.
- Prep Time: 1 minute
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Category: Snack
- Cuisine: American
This recipe can be made using pecan halves or even chopped pecans. I did it with both. I wanted big pecan halves for the very top of the cupcakes, and I wanted chopped pecans to go around the frosting. I did use
Definitely use a slotted spoon when placing them on the parchment to remove any excess sugar mixture.
I learned the hard way that you need to scoop them up with a spatula and move them around on the pan before they cool. If you don’t, the pecans will be permanently glued to the parchment paper. 😉
Once cooled, top a batch of Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie cupcakes with freshly candied bourbon pecans. Click HERE for the recipe! Or nicely packaged up, these make a wonderful gift.
Those sound awesome. I love snacking on nuts.
Those look delish! I wish I had the ingredients in the house now…too lazy to go to the store lol.
I love that you added these to cupcakes. They look and sound sooooo delicious!
I love pecans with a passion and these candied bourbon ones sound so yummy; I got to try this!
I love candied nuts, but I never tried making them on my own. That looks really yummy! Thanks for the recipe.
Oh to make these at home! I normally see this sold at fairs and the smell is amazing! Probably much better made at home.
I love cashew and pistachios, but pecans are just as yummy too! Thanks for sharing the recipe. 🙂
Omg! Those cupcakes must taste amazing! I need to make them soon!
I love pecans, walnuts, cashews, and peanuts. I usually eat them raw. I bet they taste wonderful carmelized.
Those sound so good! I love any kind of nut and these just look amazing!
I made these for a Kentucky Derby party … went like hotcakes!