It’s snack time! This crunchy snack of glazed pecans is great for topping ice cream, garnishing a salad, or nibbling all on their own. They’d even make a great gift or game day appetizer.
This is the second recipe in a collection all about the flavor pairing of Bourbon and Honey, because the stars have aligned and this month is both Bourbon Heritage Month and National Honey Month. The first recipe was a delicious Bourbon and Honey coated chicken wing that I may or may not have eaten most of. But these pecans? Yep, I ate them all!
Bourbon and honey make the perfect glaze because both are naturally sweet and give a lot of added flavor to the pecans. Reducing the bourbon on the stove top first helps to concentrate the flavor and remove the harshness of the alcohol.
- 1/2 cup bourbon
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
- 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 cup pecan halves
- Heat oven to 350°F. In a 2-quart saucepan over medium-high heat, add bourbon. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 4 minutes. Stir in honey, butter, orange zest, salt and cayenne. Cook another 30 seconds, stirring constantly or until butter melts. Stir in pecans.
- Transfer pecans to parchment-lined cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes, stir and bake an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until pecans are browned and well coated.