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THE RECIPE

Sweet and Spicy Candied Bourbon Pecans

We're nuts for these nuts

These crunchy bites of sweet, salty, and spicy goodness are absolutely addictive. And, they couldn’t be simpler to make. Fresh pecans (you say pee-can, we say pe-cahn) are tossed with bourbon, sugar, and a pinch of cayenne for a spicy kick. The unique part of this recipe, though, is how Rachel gets the spices to stick to the nuts – with an egg white! Beating the egg white until frothy creates a light coating on the outside of the nuts that allows the spices to stick and turns them extra crispy in the oven. They burn easily so keep a close eye on them. Most important of all, make sure your fridge is well-stocked with a bunch of good, cold beers to wash it all down.

THE CHEF

Rachel Gurk

Recipe Developer, Blogger

Rachel Gurk from Rachel Cooks

Cooking and baking should be fun. I develop recipes that are easy to prepare, enjoyable to eat and fun for the whole family. Sharing meals is a time to make memories and spend time with friends and family whom you love. I believe in everything in moderation...except coffee and popcorn.

Rachel is a recipe developer and blogger on a mission for perfection. Her current blog, Rachel Cooks, is the final step (we think!) in the culmination of a blog evolution that started with Rachel’s Recipe Reviews and Not Rachael Ray. Now, from her kitchen in Michigan, she shares her fun, approachable, and hand-made recipes with the world with a cup of coffee in one hand and a bowl of popcorn nearby (two things she cannot live without). Her collection is filled with sweets, savory dishes, and snacks that are easy enough for any night of the week but unique enough to impress your guests (yes, even the in-laws). And in addition to being a prolific blogger, she’s also the founder of the Taste of Michigan, a food blogger celebration to experience the best food & drink that Michigan has to offer.

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THE TIP

Storage Tip: Store Nuts in the Freezer

Here's a handy tip to help you make this Sweet and Spicy Candied Bourbon Pecans recipe.

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  • Rachel Cooks

    Thank you for the feature and the kind words!

    • http://twitter.com/alexjsinger Alex Singer

      No problem! Thanks for letting us share your great recipe and blog.

  • plazmaorb

    Not enough Bourbon.. 1 Tbsp is barely enough to make it even Bourbon scented… Needs way more Bourbon to even call it Bourbon Pecans… kind of a fail of a recipe.