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Orange-Sugared Pecans

 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.
15 ServingsPrep: 15 min. + standing


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
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.