Bourbon Old Fashioned Glazed Pecans Recipe

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Active: 15 mins
Total: 45 mins
Serves: 8 servings
Makes: 2 cups

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  • 1/4 cup bourbon whiskey

  • 1/4 cup dried cherries

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 cups raw pecan halves

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 1 tablespoon zest from 1 small orange


  1. Combine the bourbon and the dried cherries in a small bowl and set aside to soak for 30 minutes. In another small bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper and stir until well-combined. Set aside.

  2. Place the pecans in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until they just start to brown and smell toasted, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the butter to the pan and stir until the butter is completely melted and the pecans are coated.

  3. Add the sugar and spice mixture to the pan and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and immediately pour in the cherries and bourbon. Stir for 1-2 minutes more, off heat, until everything is well incorporated.

  4. Return the pan to medium heat and continue to stir everything in the pan until the liquid thickens and a glaze forms on the pecans, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Transfer the pecans to a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet.

  5. Using a spatula or wooden spoon, separate the pecans and spread them into an even layer on the parchment paper. Allow the pecans to cool completely. Once the pecans have cooled, zest the orange over the pecans. Transfer the pecans to a large bowl and serve.

Special equipment

Non-stick skillet, sheet pan lined with parchment paper

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
158 Calories
12g Fat
9g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 158
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 159mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 93mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)