Bourbon-Brown Sugar Nuts


Glaze toasted almonds in a quick caramel-like mixture of cinnamon, black pepper, cayenne, brown sugar, and a splash of bourbon

Bourbon-Brown Sugar Nuts
Photo: Brie Passano
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
1 1/3 cups


  • ½ cup packed brown sugar

  • 3 tablespoon bourbon

  • 1 cup toasted whole almonds

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ⅛ - ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Line a shallow baking pan with foil; grease foil.

  2. In a medium saucepan combine brown sugar and bourbon. Bring to boiling over medium-high, stirring to dissolve sugar. Stir in almonds. Reduce heat to medium; cook 4 minutes or until syrup thickens slightly, stirring often. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper, the cinnamon, and cayenne. (Mixture will be foamy.) Cook 7 minutes more or until syrup thickens and coats nuts, stirring frequently.

  3. Spread nuts in a single layer in prepared pan. Let cool completely. Break apart. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
12g Fat
23g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Total Sugars 19g
Protein 5g
Calcium 82mg 6%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 203mg 4%
Folate, total 10.8mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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