Whiskey Praline Pecans

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  • I made these Jack Daniels pecans for my husband. Just because I love him. Ok, truth be told, it’s kind of a late birthday present. Better late than never though, right?!

    One of my love languages is giving people gifts. I have always loved to make little crafts and give them away. These little beauties are no exception.

    One of the MANY reasons that these nuts are so super awesome, is that they are the dangerous combo of sweet & savory. So, apologies in advance for you devouring the entire batch in a week. No? Just me? Ok.

    Whiskey Praline Pecans


    • 1 lb pecan halves {16 oz bag}
    • 1 large egg white
    • 2 T Jack Daniels, other Tennessee Whiskey, or Bourbon
    • 1 T honey
    • 1 T vanilla
    • 1/4 C sugar + 1 T for later
    • 1/4 brown sugar
    • 1 T cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne {optional}
    • 1 tsp salt


    1. Preheat oven to 250º and line baking sheet with silicone mat.
    2. In a large bowl, combine the 1/4 C of sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne and salt. Stir and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, combine the egg white, whiskey, vanilla and honey. Whisk together until frothy. Add the pecans and stir to coat.
    4. With a slotted spoon, remove pecans and add them to sugar mixture, leaving extra liquid behind. Once the pecans are coated in sugar mixture, sprinkle in the remaining T of sugar, and stir.
    5. Pour pecans out onto prepared baking sheet.
    6. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring every 20 minutes or so. The pecans will be sticky until they cool. Allow to cool, then package them up all cute like.

    If your man is a “Jack & Coke,” or in my husband’s case, a “Jack and Diet” kind of guy, please do him a favor, and make him these boozy pecans. He will thank you.

    These Whiskey Praline Pecans are similar to my Cinnamon Vanilla Almonds and will be such a hit at Christmas! Package them up in cute little jars for stocking stuffers!

    And hey! If you don’t like whiskey {gasp!}, use bourbon. Or nothing! Just leave the booze out completely. I won’t tell anyone.

    And just in case you needed another excuse to make these, how about chopping them up and pouring them in your favorite cookie or brownie batter? Or on top of some beautiful vanilla ice cream? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Oh, and I apologize in advance for your house smelling ah-MAZING while these things are baking. Mmmmmmm, yum.

    And if you REALLY want to impress him, take a look at this “Jack & Jerky” Bouquet I put these in!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06394505053803936255 Autismland Penny

      My husband is a Jack Daniels aficionado so he will love these! I will have to surprise him with them!

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Oh my gosh, mine too! Ok, then stay tuned to see what I did for him next….you’ll love it!

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

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      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Okie doke, the next post is up. See what he thinks about this! :)

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14096907984188377597 jenni g

      Have you tried these with almonds, my husband loves Jack Daniels but not a fan of pecans

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Jenni, so glad you asked! I haven’t done almonds WITH the Jack, but I’ve done a different version of the almonds (cinnamon vanilla) and they are freakin’ awesome! Here’s the link: http://cookincowgirl.blogspot.com/2011/01/cinnamon-vanillla-almonds.html

        I would for sure give those a try, and just add the Jack Daniels in with the egg white and vanilla mixture, and then remove with a slotted spoon. If you try them, please let me know what you think. I bet they would be awesome!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01235564960576355916 lauren @ la petite fashionista

      Oh my gosh- my boyfriend would LOVE these!! definitely happening for our anniversary in a couple weeks :)

      • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16973924525398266766 Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Awww thanks, Lauren!! I hope he loves them! If you give them a try, let me know what he thinks!

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    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12364819350603696000 Megan Fiterature

      This is the perfect holiday gift for my dad! Thanks!!!

    • http://littlemrssevenonesix.wordpress.com/ littlemrssevenonesix

      These would make a great snack gift…thanks so much!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13875428758738958843 Sara Russell

      These look yummy!

    • Amy Sauceda

      Curious about how long these will last once packed. So I can make batches of them early and save them till gift giving time.

      • http://www.cookincowgirl.com/ Stephanie @ Cookin’ Cowgirl

        Hi!! Ok, don’t judge but I still have some. I just tried one and they are still awesome! Keep them in a cool dark place like a pantry or something and they will last for weeks! You should be just fine if you make them now and keep them until Christmas time! 😉 Enjoy!

    • Laura Oakley Hartmann

      I’m thinking this might be good with Fireball. It’s already got the spice thing going, right?

    • Sam Brown

      I made these tonight as a last minute Christmas gift and they are heavenly! I usually make these on the hob but they were so much more successful in the oven. Thank you so much for sharing, have a fabulous Christmas!!