Orange-Sugared Pecans Recipe
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Orange-Sugared Pecans Recipe

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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:15 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + standing
MAKES: 15 servings


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

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 178 calories, 10g fat (1g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 0 sodium, 22g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.


  1. 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 peel.
  2. Beat until mixture thickens and loses its gloss, about 2 minutes. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper to set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 2-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: We recommend that you test your candy thermometer before each use by bringing water to a boil; the thermometer should read 212°. Adjust your recipe temperature up or down based on your test.
Originally published as Orange-Sugared Pecans in Country Woman Christmas Annual 1999, p39

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Jbrown_14105 User ID: 7037201 204014
Reviewed 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"

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