Spicy-Sweet Bourbon Pecans
Recipe type: Snack, Gift, Party Food
Cuisine: Southern
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon coarse-ground kosher salt
  • 16 ounces pecan halves
Roasting the Pecans
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350.
  2. Place pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet or a baking stone. The pecans should be dry. Don't add any butter or oil.
  3. Place the pecans in the oven on the middle rack and roast for 5 minutes. At the 5 minute mark, stir the pecans then even them out on the baking sheet again. Allow them to roast for another 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and transfer to a cool baking sheet or a large wooden cutting board. Allow them to cool completely before proceeding.
Making the Spicy-Sweet Bourbon Pecans
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Combine sugar, water, bourbon, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne, and salt in the skillet and whisk well so that the sugar dissolves.
  4. Bring to a boil. Once the "bubbles have bubbles" (this should not take long once the mixture starts to boil), add the pecans and stir until all are well coated.
  5. Transfer the pecans to prepared baking sheet, separating each individual pecan.
  6. Set aside and allow to cool completely before serving.
Recipe by The Catholic Foodie at https://catholicfoodie.com/spicy-sweet-bourbon-pecans