Candied Orange Pecans... With a little kick from black pepper.

Candied Orange Pecans… With a little kick from black pepper.

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The other day I was browsing the snack isle when I came across an intriguing package of nuts: pecans flavored with oranges and black pepper. I can’t remember the brand, but I do remember what I was thinking… These look delicious!  I was also thinking, I could make these at home!  So, that’s what I did, and they turned out awesome! You may be thinking, it’s an odd time of year to make a snack with flavors such as pecans with orange and cranberries…. that sounds like a fall or winter snack.  Sure, they would make a perfect addition to a Thanksgiving spread, or a tasty Christmas gift for neighbors, but my cravings don’t always make sense, so I wanted them now. I kindly suggest you scroll down and print a copy of the recipe and stash it away into your cold weather recipes… but, make them right now also. After all, they taste great regardless of the season.

Chop orange peels. I have instructions on how to prepare and dry orange peels HERE. (You can use orange zest instead, if you prefer).↓

candied pecan prep 5Combine orange juice, sugar, salt, pepper and orange peels
in a sauce pan and boil.↓

candied pecan prep 4Boil until a candy thermometer reaches 238° F.↓

candied pecan prep 3Add pecans and cranberries to syrup and
mix well to coat.↓

candied pecan prep 2Pour pecans and cranberries onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment, and separate pieces with a fork.↓

candied pecan prep


Candied Orange Pecans

A sweet and delicious snack of pecans and cranberries, with a candied orange coating. Black pepper adds a wonderful little kick.



  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1 Tbsp. orange peel chopped (or 1 tsp. orange zest)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt or more, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper or more, to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups pecan halves
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries



  • In a sauce pan, combine orange juice, sugar, salt, pepper and orange peels (or zest). Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture reaches 238° F with a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.
  • Add to sauce pan, the pecans and cranberries. Stir well to coat.
  • Pour pecans and cranberries onto a cookie sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Separate pieces with a fork.
  • Allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container.

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