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Bourbon Pecans

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Rating: 5/5
3 reviews

ready in: 1-2 hrs
serves/makes:   4.5 cups

recipe id: 37152
cook method: stovetop, oven

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1/2 cup top-quality bourbon
1 pound pecan halves
1 tablespoon corn oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon angostura bitters
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Simmer the bourbon in a small saucepan over medium heat until it's reduced by a quarter, just a few minutes.

Blanch the pecans in boiling water for I minute, then drain.

Combine the bourbon, oil, Worcestershire, bitters, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the hot pecans and toss. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Spread the pecans in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake until the nuts are crisp and the liquid has evaporated, 30 to 40 minutes, stirring every 10 min­utes.

Turn the nuts into a clean large bowl.

Combine the cumin, cayenne, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Toss with the nuts and serve.

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134 calories, 10 grams fat, 8 grams carbohydrates, 1 grams protein per 1/4 cup. This recipe is low in sodium.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Great Recipe!!!! Easy,delicious and unique, although quite expensive. I made many batches of these this year for small holiday treat bags and they were delicious

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Mar 20, 2008

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
OMG! Supah easy - why this isn't a 1 in terms of difficulty level, I don't know. My biggest problem with them is not to snack on them as I pack them up for thank you gifts or Xmas presents. Suggestion: try dried chipolte pepper as an alternative to cayenne pepper. May need to up the quantities of chipolte peper versus cayenne chipolte isn't as hot. Chipolte will give a bit of smoky flavor to the nuts. As to cooking time, went the full 40 minutes though I love toasted pecans.

CDKitchen Staff Reply:
Recipes that contain alcohol are not kid-friendly (which a difficulty level of "1" is).

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
every year i make these nuts and package them and give them to friends and neighbors as a christmas gift. they are a real treat- very delicious.

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