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Bourbon Pecan Chews


Similar in flavor to pecan pie, these lightly spiced bourbon pecan chews gain their characteristic texture from a measure of molasses.

  • Yield: Makes about 5 1/2 dozen

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2005


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 4 cups coarsely chopped pecans, toasted


  1. Whisk together flour, allspice, and salt in a small bowl; set aside.

  2. Melt molasses and butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; let cool slightly. Stir in bourbon. Transfer to a medium bowl; whisk in sugar until smooth. Stir in flour mixture and 1 cup pecans. Refrigerate dough until firm, at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scoop balls of dough using a 11/4-inch (1 ounce) ice cream scoop; roll in remaining 3 cups pecans. Space 1 1/2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake until flattened and lightly colored on edges, 9 to 11 minutes. Let cool on sheets 3 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; let cool completely.

Cook's Notes

Store in airtight containers at room temperature up to 1 week.

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