Posted by: Kara @ The Foodie Dietitian | July 21, 2014

Honey Whiskey Roasted Pecans

One of my favorite Julia Child’s quotes is “I enjoy cooking with wine – sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking.” So, I was all liquored up over this month’s spirited Recipe Redux theme: cooking with booze!

I try to always have a bottle of dry white wine in the fridge to add to sauces for pasta dishes. White wine, shallots, olive oil, lemon, reserved pasta water, and you’re done! 

When I saw the challenge this month to make a healthy spirited recipe, my mind automatically zeroed in on this bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey Whiskey that Steve got for Christmas last year (along with the 5 other bottles of whiskey he got last year – can you guess what his drink of choice is?). Well, actually, first my mind went to something with Bloody Mary’s, but that’s pretty much always where my mind goes first when it comes to alcohol. 🙂

But the Honey Whiskey has such an interesting sweet flavor profile that I knew I had to use it. And how fitting that just last week, I tuned into a webinar hosted by Recipe Redux and Healthy Aperture and sponsored by the National Honey Board on…you guessed it! Honey! Honey has so many functional benefits – from preserving to emulsifying to acting as a antimicrobial! Marie Simmons, Author of the cookbook Taste of Honey, said that she likes to make a simple non-fat salad dressing with equal parts lemon juice and honey. Now doesn’t that sound refreshing!

One of my all-time favorite smells in the world (besides fresh basil) comes from street carts that are making roasted nuts. Cinnamon roasted almonds – seriously, nothing smells better. I wanted to try roasting nuts and home and fill my apartment with that sweet aroma.

Honey Whiskey Roasted Pecans | Peace, Love, and Food

 Honey Whiskey Roasted Pecans

Makes 8 servings


2 cups raw pecans

1/4 cup Jack Daniel’s Honey Whiskey (can substitute with any whiskey variety)

1/3 cup raw honey

1/2 tsp salt


Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bring whiskey and honey to a boil. Add pecans and stir to coat. Let simmer for about 5 minutes and then remove from heat and drain liquid.

Transfer pecans to the baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes, turning pecans over once halfway through baking time. Let cool to room temperature prior to serving.

Honey Whiskey Roasted Pecans | Peace, Love, and Food


Honey Whiskey Roasted Pecans | Peace, Love, and Food


Honey Whiskey Roasted Pecans | Peace, Love, and Food

Check out what other spirited recipes my fellow Recipe Reduxers are concocting this month by clicking the link below:



  1. Oh wow – these look so incredibly yummy 🙂

    • Thanks, Serena! They’re pretty addicting…not gonna lie.

  2. I love how beautiful and glazed these look!

    • Thanks, Carlene! Mad props to the honey for its ability to create a beautiful glaze!

  3. Great! I love roasted nuts, although I rarely make them.

    • Thanks, Steph! Hopefully this will inspire you to make them more often. I couldn’t believe how quick & easy it was.

  4. What a treat – will definitely be jazzing up hostess gifts with these!

    • Thanks, Cheryl! I’m right there with ya. Especially in a pretty mason jar with some twine – and you’re set!

  5. Yeah! Honey whiskey is so good. Great combo with the pecans

    • Thanks, Bridget! I’m not a big fan of whiskey but that Honey Whiskey sure is something special.

  6. Oh my, pecans are already addicting enough..but honey whiskey ones?! I wouldn’t be able to stop eating them! 🙂
    xoxo Sarah Grace, Fresh Fit N Healthy.

    • Well, that makes two of us because I haven’t been able to stop eating then! #foodieproblems

  7. Great shots! And how can I resist honey whisky & pecans! That’s a southerner’s dream!

    • Thanks, Wendy Jo! Yes! Love bringing a taste of the South up North 🙂

  8. Yum! I’m going to use these as gifts! Great photos too!

    • Thanks, Marisa! Love these as a gift idea – mason jar and some twine – and voila!

  9. Can’t wait to try these, they look gorgeous…great gift, too! #pinned

    • Thanks for sharing the pecan love, Danielle!

  10. I used whiskey in my post too! These look absolutely delicious, strike that they look dangerously addictive!

    • Loved that you used bourbon with plantains. YUM! And I must concur – these pecans are seriously addictive. They should probably come with a warning.

  11. These look so tasty! Feeling some gift inspiration coming over me – or perhaps that’s just the whiskey! 🙂

    • Thanks, Alex! Could be the whiskey talking. Just run with it 😉

  12. Oh My! I think I found a new recipe for holiday gift giving! Yum 🙂

    • Thanks, Anne! Yes, I can’t wait to revisit these come holiday time this year!

  13. Wow, these look soooo delicious! I bet they would make a delicious topping, too. Can’t wait to try!

    • Thanks, Sarah! Threw these on top of a salad the other day. So good! Bet they would be delicious crumbled over some vanilla bean ice cream too. Just sayin’.

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