Bourbon Old-Fashioned Glazed Pecans

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READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by DrGaellon

These are supposed to evoke the flavors of an Old-Fashioned (sugar, bitters, and bourbon, garnished with a maraschino cherry). Adapted from a recipe at Serious Eats.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine bourbon and dried cherries. Set aside to soak at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  2. Combine brown sugar, salt, pepper, and cayenne. Stir until well-combined.
  3. Toast pecans in large non-stick skillet over medium heat until browned and just beginning to smell toasted, 3-4 minutes. Stir and shake frequently to prevent burning. Add butter to pan. Stir and toss until completely melted and pecans are thoroughly coated.
  4. Add sugar and spice mixture; stir and toss until pecans are evenly coated. Turn off heat and add cherry/bourbon mixture. Stir, off-heat, 1-2 minutes, until everything is well combined.
  5. Return pan to medium heat; stir constantly until liquid thickens and pecans are thoroughly glazed and shiny, 1-2 minutes. Spread mixture in one layer onto parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet, separating nuts so they don't stick together. Allow to cool completely. Sprinkle nuts with orange zest. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

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