Orange Creamsicle Candied Pecans

4.8
(4)

These are a year-round favorite in our house. We've made several variations and still come back to this one as our all-time favorite. Hand-shelled pecans from Grandma's tree, with a vanilla-orange sugar coating that gets its depth from cinnamon, pepper, rosemary, and a bit of Kahlua® and Grand Marnier®.

1
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
Servings:
10
Yield:
10 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg whites

  • 1 teaspoon water

  • 1 teaspoon orange extract

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 ½ teaspoons orange-flavored liqueur (such as Grand Marnier®)

  • 1 ½ teaspoons coffee-flavored liqueur (such as Kahlua®)

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

  • 1 tangerine, finely zested

  • 1 pound shelled pecan halves

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Heavily butter a large metal baking sheet.

  2. Beat egg whites and water together in the bowl of a stand mixer until stiff peaks form. Add orange extract and vanilla extract; beat until incorporated, 1 minute.

  3. Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, and black pepper together in a separate bowl; fold sugar mixture into egg white mixture until just incorporated. Fold in rosemary and tangerine zest until evenly mixed. Add pecans to the sugar-egg white mixture; toss to coat. Spread coated pecans in one layer onto the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven, turning the baking sheet and stirring the pecans with a metal spoon every 8 to 10 minutes, until crispy and golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Transfer to a sheet of parchment paper to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

403 Calories
33g Fat
27g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 403
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 42%
Saturated Fat 3g 14%
Sodium 128mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 202mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

You’ll Also Love