Gouda Pecans

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  • If you’ve ever thrown a party or you’ve ever attended a party and been asked to bring an easy appetizer or just needed one more bowl to fill a spot, these easy Gouda Pecans are your ticket!

    small white bowl of pecans sandwiches with gouda spread and dusted with smoked paprika

    Raw pecans are stuffed with an easy gouda and sour cream mix and that is all, folks! Seriously. That is it.

    And they are tasty and also in favor of low carb or keto lifestyles. I am not following any diets, by the way. I just like the way they taste.


    Raw pecans are perfect for this project because they are large and have a smooth buttery texture. They are rich in fiber and also protein, so they are great as a snack too.

    how to make stuffed pecans

    They are most commonly seen in desserts or as pralines in sauce or just to munch on, but they are also great for savory recipes. Chop the up for salads, roll them onto a cheese ball or serve them as little nutty sandwiches, like these Gouda Stuffed Pecans.

    Stuffed pecans are perfect for filling in the holes on a cheese platter or just putting in a bowl as a munchie. They can be a topping for ice cream or pies or even as a savory side dish for chicken or pork.

    stuffed pecan sandwiches with smoked paprika

    There are a lot of fun variations to prepare the both savory and sweet. Scroll on down to see more options.


    Gouda is a Dutch mild-flavored, yellow cow’s milk cheese and considered to be one of the most popular cheeses worldwide.

    shredded gouda cheese in a small glass bowl

    It is generally soft, so it is perfect for these gouda pecans. Just plain gouda is fairly simple and mild in flavor, but there are endless varieties available.

    Today I used a Hickory Smoked Bourbon Gouda. Still mild, but a little smoky. Some of my favorites include cumin, cilantro, tandoori, truffle and BBQ.

    gouda and sour cream spread in a small glass bowl

    If you like gouda as much as we do, check out these other great gouda recipes, too:

    Substitutes for Gouda Cheese

    If you can’t find gouda or it is really expensive (some are) look for other softer white cheeses. These are the closest matches:

    • Muenster
    • Edam
    • Monterey Jack
    overhead of stuffed pecans in a white serving dish on wood cutting board

    Easy Variations for Gouda Pecans

    One thing I love about this recipe is that variations are so plentiful. Here are come of my favorites:

    • Use candied pecans for a sweet dessert stuffed pecan
    • Drizzle with balsamic reduction or even caramel sauce
    • Add 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder and onion powder
    • Fire it up by adding 1 teaspoon finely minced jarred jalapenos
    • Use flavored gouda like bourbon hickory
    • Add 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika for a smoky flavor
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    Tips for Making Gouda Pecans

    This is a relatively simple recipe, but just so you don’t run into any issues, here are some pointers.

    • Finely shred the cheese
    • Use full fat sour cream, not light or fat free
    • Mix well, but don’t overmix, it tends to thin out as it mixes
    • Refrigerate the mixture before building your pecan sandwiches
    • Refrigerate until ready to serve
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    Gouda Pecans

    Gouda Pecans are the BEST! Raw pecans are stuffed with an easy gouda and sour cream mix and that is all, folks! So easy to make!
    Prep Time15 mins
    Chilling Time30 mins
    Total Time45 mins
    Course: Appetizer, Snack
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: gouda stuffed pecans, pecan recipe
    Servings: 12
    Calories: 46kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola



    • Either by hand or in a stand mixer, mix the gouda cheese, sour cream and Kosher salt together well. Chill for 15-30 minutes or until a spreadable consistency.
    • Spread onto the flat side of a pecan and top with another pecan, bumpy sides facing out. You’ll use a scant teaspoon on each pecan.
    • Chill until ready to serve. I dusted mine with smoked paprika, which is optional. If adding one of the sauce variations, drizzle right before serving.
    • If you tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or ratings!


    For best results, use a full fat sour cream, not light or fat free.


    Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

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