bourbon candied pecans

Stovetop Bourbon Candied Pecans Recipe

Hey everyone, it’s Sierra here! Today I have for you a tasty and foolproof recipe for bourbon candied pecans!

The idea for these pecans came to me as I was thinking of different toppings I could use on some of my desserts. The idea of candied pecans on pumpkin pie or brownies sounded amazing, and I wanted to make it a bit more fun by making it bourbon flavored. The combination turned out so good, and the best part is, the whole recipe takes only 10 minutes to make! Not only are these bourbon candied pecans great for topping desserts with, but we love them so much that we’ve been snacking on them!

bourbon candied pecans

Stovetop or Oven?

When I was researching how to make the best candied pecans, most of the recipes I came across baked them in the oven. However, a lot of them didn’t result in the glossy texture that I wanted, and since I only wanted to make a small batch, it didn’t seem worth the effort to preheat the oven.

After some experimentation, I found that toasting the pecans before coating them made them slightly crispier and brought out a nuttier flavor than using raw pecans. These bourbon candied pecans were as good as any candied pecans I’ve ever had, and they were shiny and glossy just as I wanted. The entire recipe only takes 10 minutes from start to finish, which is shorter than the time it would take for my oven to even preheat.

Let’s get started on this quick and tasty bourbon candied pecan recipe!

bourbon candied pecans

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Stovetop Bourbon Candied Pecans

3 from 8 votes
Recipe by Sierra Park Course: DessertCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Elevate your nuts game with these quick and delicious bourbon candied pecans! Perfect as a topping for your favorite desserts and super addictive as a snack!


  • 1/2 cup pecan halves

  • 1 tablespoon salted butter

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons bourbon

  • Equipment
  • Baking sheet

  • Nonstick skillet


  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Once all the butter is melted, add the pecans and toast while stirring frequently for 3 minutesbourbon candied pecans in pan
  • Add the brown sugar and cook until fully melted, about 2-3 minutes. Stir to coat evenly and let the pecans sit so the sugar will fully melt
  • Add water and cinnamon and cook for a minute. Add the bourbon and cook until the mixture has reduced and is sticking to the pecansbourbon candied pecans coated
  • Pour the pecans onto the prepared baking sheet and spread out. Let cool fully before handlingbourbon candied pecans cooling


  • Note: store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks

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Elevate your nuts game with these quick and delicious bourbon candied pecans! Perfect as a topping for your favorite desserts and super addictive as a snack!

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