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a spilled jar of candied pecans on a white and yellow napkin.
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Sweet and Spicy Bourbon Candied Pecans

Candied Bourbon Pecans are salty, sweet, and just a little bit spicy. The taste of bourbon is very subtle but it gives these pecans the perfect amount of something extra to make them so delicious and addicting.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Cooling Tme5 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon candied pecans, candied pecans, spicy candied pecans, sweet and spicy pecans
Servings: 12
Calories: 211kcal


  • 1 tablespoon Bourbon
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 cups pecans (pecan halves or baking pecans are what you want to look for - these are in the baking aisle)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F (and take out anything that you store in it.)
    an oven screen with a temperature of 350 degrees.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together bourbon, vanilla extract, and the egg white until the egg white is a little bit frothy.
    a bowl of whisked vanilla extract, egg white, and bourbon.
  • Mix in pecans and be sure they are fully coated in the egg/bourbon mixture.
    a clear bowl with egg white coated pecans in it.
  • In a separate bowl, combine sugar, cayenne, and salt.
    a yellow bowl with brown sugar in it.
  • Combine the sugar mixture with the pecan/egg/bourbon mixture and make sure that the pecans are fully coated with sugar.
    a yellow bowl with sugar coated pecans in it.
  • Spread the pecans out onto a lined baking sheet.
    a tray of unbaked candied pecans.
  • Now, this is important - drop the temperature of the oven to 250°F - then bake the pecans for 10 minutes.
    an oven screen with a temperature of 250 degrees and a time of ten minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, stir the pecans, then set them back in the oven for 10 more minutes.
    a tray of candied pecans baking in the oven.
  • Stir the pecans one more time and cook for 10 more minutes (for a total of 30 minutes.) You will notice the pecans will start off wet and sticky and will gradually dry out a little and the sugar will crystallize.
    a tray of candied pecans baking in the oven.
  • After the 30 minutes is up, the pecans should be almost all crystallized-looking (see photos for a better idea of what this means.) Basically, the sugar will lighten up and get nice and crunchy.
    a tray of candied pecans baking in the oven.
  • Let the pecans cool, then either serve them immediately or move them to an air-tight container for storage.
    a zoomed in image of a tray of candied pecans.



Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 104mg | Potassium: 118mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg