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Orange-Sugared Pecans Recipe

Orange-Sugared Pecans Recipe

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 YIELD:15 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 178 calories, 10 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, trace sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.