Pecans are a quintessential holiday ingredient, and the only thing better than pecans, are candied pecans. These Bourbon Maple Candied Pecans are made with six simple ingredients, and are perfect for adding to your favorite desserts, decorating your charcuterie boards, or simply snacking on throughout the day! They are naturally gluten-free and can easily be made vegan-friendly, for a holiday treat that the whole family will enjoy!
Friends, there’s something so special about holiday recipes. It feels like this time of year, all of our favorite foods are given a subtle, festive touch! Whether that’s by turning conventional cranberries into Frosted Cranberries, or giving my signature Life Changing Tahini Chocolate Chip Cookies a peppermint twist, there are so many fun ways to make your favorite recipes more festive for the holiday season.
And when it comes to these simple little pecans, they are no exception. These candied pecans feel like the holidays in a bite! With warm cinnamon, sweet maple syrup, and a touch of bourbon, think of these pecans as the perfect snack to munch on while sitting cozy by the fire. Just be warned: you’ll want to eat the entire serving of them yourself!
Plus, these candied pecans are refined sugar-free and don’t contain corn syrup, like many pre-made candied pecans do too. Instead, we’re sweeting our pecans with real maple syrup, providing sweetness without any funky ingredients!
But in addition to being a delicious winter treat, these pecans also make the perfect holiday gift. Simply pile them into a little mason jar, and you’ve got the most adorable, edible gift ready in minutes. And who doesn’t love an edible gift?! It’s a surefire way to get someone a gift that they will love and enjoy!
All you need are six unique ingredients to bring these Bourbon Maple Candied Pecans to life!
Don’t like bourbon? Don’t worry! These healthy candied pecans can be made a variety of different ways, to suit every flavor palette!
Making these pecans is so simple and easy, you’ll want to make them all the time! Simply start by preheating your oven to 325 F. Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
In a medium bowl, add your pecans, maple syrup, melted butter, sea salt, bourbon, and cinnamon and stir them together, making sure the pecans are coated in all of the ingredients. Then, transfer your pecans to a baking sheet and spread them out into a single, even layer.
Bake them for 23-25 minutes, making sure to toss them after the 10 minute mark, to ensure that they cook evenly. Once the pecans are toasty and dark, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool. The maple syrup will be sticky, but will harden once they cool!
Stir the pecans once more to coat them in the maple syrup, then let them sit and cool completely. Once they’re cool, serve them and enjoy! Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge, or put them in a small mason jar as a gift!
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Just be warned that these are dangerously addicting! Soooo good!!!
Yay! I am so thrilled that you enjoyed this recipe so much, Natasha!
I made these for our Christmas charcuterie and they are so delicious! We have lots leftover and they are great foe snacking on.