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Orange-Cinnamon Pecans

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling

Makes

3 cups

With a burst of citrus and spice, these glazed pecan halves taste like Christmas in a bowl. Yuletide gatherings just aren’t the same without this crunchy, munchy snack.—Cleo Gonske, Redding, California

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250°. Line a 15x10x1-in. baking pan with foil.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine sugar, orange juice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cook over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 236° (soft-ball stage), stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in pecans, butter and vanilla. Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool completely. Break apart; store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

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