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Orange-Sugared Pecans

I regularly cook up these candied pecans for Christmas gift-giving and family munching. The citrusy-sweet flavor is different and delicious.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + standing
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen


  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
  • 2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated orange zest


  • In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, water and orange juice concentrate. Cook over medium-high heat, without stirring, until a candy thermometer reads 238° (soft-ball stage). Remove from the heat; stir in pecans and orange zest.
  • Beat until mixture thickens and loses its gloss, about 2 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper to set. Store in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 178 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 22g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Jbrown_14105
    Dec 14, 2012

    Just like the 18th Century one I use-Very Good! PS cut the orange rind into thin strips and add timixture when cooking...I use half of orange...juice it & use rind