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Sugared pecans are easy to make, and they’re perfect to give as holiday food gifts. This spiced nuts recipe makes delicious, gourmet Kahlua sugared pecans.
Several years ago (before many of you had discovered Meal Planning Magic) I shared one of my very favorite recipes that I make every holiday season. These Gourmet Kahlua Sugared Pecans are a staple in my gift giving repertoire and are always a HUGE hit with everyone I give them too. Huge! I love to make these in big batches and wrap them up and give them as gifts to teachers, neighbors friends or as hostess gifts. In under an hour (or less, really) I can have a lot of my homemade gift giving treats ready and done. They’re always very popular and I guess I’ve been lucky that those on my gift giving list haven’t had nut allergies. They’re super simple and taste delicious!
Over the years I’ve tweaked the recipe just a bit so I’m sharing it again with all of you all and with some updated pictures too (the first one was SO tiny and not so great). Kahlua has been my go-to liqueur of choice and has become the most popular. I’m not sure if that’s hint of coffee with the sugar or what but it’s a winning combination! I often pair a festive bag of these pecans with a gift card to Starbucks for those on my list that like that and it is a quick and easy way to give a gift with a personal touch. I hope you’ll give them a try!
This Kahlua sugared pecans recipe is adapted from a recipe in the cookbook, Stop and Smell the Rosemary.
Easy Gourmet Kahlua Sugared Pecans
- 2 large egg whites
- 1/2 cup Kahlua liqueur
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 8 cups pecan halves shelled
- Prepare a large jelly roll pan by lining it with tin foil.
- Combine the sugar and salt in a bowl, set aside.
- Combine the egg white and the liqueur in a large bowl, stir well with a whisk.
- Add the pecans, and stir well.
- Add sugar to bowl, and stir well to coat.
- Spread onto prepared jelly roll pan in a single layer.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until pecans are lightly toasted and browned, stirring every 10 minutes.
- It will look like the coating is coming off (but it's not).
- Stir from the outside in to keep pecans on the edges from burning, and watch closely since sugar burns easily.
- Remove from oven, transfer IMMEDIATELY to wax paper or a silicone baking mat to cool.
- Pecans keep for two weeks in an airtight container or in freezer up to three months.
Is this Kahlua Sugared Pecans Recipe Make Ahead?Yes! These store wonderfully so are perfect for making ahead. Like I’ve said, I like to make a big batch all at once so that I can divide them up into gift bags for gifts. Store at room temperature for up to a week (if they last that long!)
You Can Also Freeze Sugared PecansYou can store these Gourmet Kahlua Sugared Pecans in an airtight freezer-safe container or zip-top bag. Label and freeze for up to six months in the freezer. Just bring out what you want or need for the occasion and let them come to room temperature before serving, about 20-30 minutes.
This post originally appeared here in October 2011. It was updated December 2014 with new photos.
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