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Maple Bourbon Candied Pecans

Updated: Dec 9, 2023

These pecans should come with an addictive warning. They are perfectly sweet, savory, crunchy and satisfying. They're simply delicious and an easy finger food to prepare that will leave your party guests wanting more. (This was tested and true. Our party guests requested to take some home the other night so we had party guests leaving happily with pecan goodie bags!)

They're naturally aromatherapy for your home!

Party guest favors given in recycled mason jars

Pro tip: Double the batch so you can keep some for yourself and share the rest!

Makes: 4-6 servings

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes


  • 2 cups pecans

  • 1 Tbsp Bourbon

  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup

  • 1 tsp vanilla

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/4 tsp cayenne (optional if you don't like spice or more if you like it super spicy! It only had a little hint of spice with 1/4 tsp so I think the brave could use a little more.)

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • pinch of nutmeg

How to make

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

2. Add all ingredients except for the pecans in a medium size bowl. Mix well.

3. Add the pecans to the bowl and mix well.

4. On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread out the pecans evenly.

5. Sprinkle just a little touch of salt over pecans. (You could also add a little more maple, cinnamon or spice at this point, if there are particular flavors you love.)

6. Bake for 20–25 minutes, tossing/turning the pecans halfway in between baking to ensure even baking and checking on them frequently to make sure they don't burn. (Ovens can vary approximately +/- 15 degrees in temperature and nuts can burn easily.)

7. Remove from oven and let cool. They'll get crispy as they cool.

8. Try not to eat them all at once! They make cute gifts. Package them in mini mason jars and tie on a red ribbon. Your friends and family will appreciate the love you put into them.

Note about the crispiness: If you want them extra crispy, increase the oven temperature to 350 degrees F for an additional 5 minutes.

How to use them

Eat a handful as a snack by themselves.

Sprinkle them on top of salads.

Top roasted vegetables with them.

Enjoy on top of a sweet potato.

Bring them as a snack to your next virtual social gathering.


Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 months.

Did you make them? Please share your experience in the comments below!

Nutrition information

Per serving (8 servings): 406 calories, 18.5 grams carbohydrates (13 grams net carbohydrates), 5.5 grams fiber, 5 grams protein, 37 grams fat, 75 milligrams sodium

Excellent source of vitamin B1, vitamin B2, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc

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