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Candied Orange Peels

by Christa on December 17, 2009

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Hello all! Hope you all are doing well and are baking up a storm for the holidays! My parents have two HUGE orange trees. As of about two weeks ago, the branches start drooping more and more because of all the ripe oranges! So, I decided to make CANDIED ORANGE PEELS, they were delicious, but quite “gourmet” tasting.

So if you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive, yet impressive recipe, give this one a try!
Happy Baking!
-Mini Baker


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  • 4 large oranges, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
  • 2 cupssugar, divided
  • 1 cupswater


  • Cut peel on each orange into 4 vertical segments. Remove each segment
    (including white pith) in 1 piece. Cut into 1/4-inch-
    wide strips. Cook in large pot of boiling water 15 minutes; drain, rinse, and
    drain again.
  • Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to boil in mediu
    m saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add peel. Return
    to boil. Reduce heat; simmer until peel is very soft, about 45 minutes.
  • Toss peel and 1 cup sugar on rimmed baking sheet,
    separating strips. Lift peel from sugar; transfer to
    sheet of foil. Let stand until coating is dry, 1 to 2 days.DO AHEAD Wrap and
    freeze up to 2 months.

1. Cook in large pot of boiling water for 15 minutes, rinse, and repeat.
(This takes any bitterness out of the orange peels.)

2. Simmer in sugar/water mixture for 45 minutes.

3. Let the orange peels dry before coating them in sugar.

4. Enjoy your home-made gourmet candy!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

faithy, the amateur baker December 17, 2009 at 9:37 am

Wow! Looks like store bought! Love it! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


cookies and cups December 17, 2009 at 1:37 pm

wow! so fancy! would have never thought to do this myself…thanks for the idea!


Auntie Cake December 17, 2009 at 1:51 pm

I was going to look up a recipe for candied orange peels today, you saved me the work, and great instructions and pictures. I hope mine turn out as delicious as yours do! Thanks and have a very Merry Christmas in you new home. Congrats on graduating!


George Gaston December 17, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Mimi… Thanks for this terrific recipe. I am heading to Florida over the holiday and my parents have both orange & lemon trees. I will have to try your recipe with both. Happy Holidays!


teresa December 17, 2009 at 4:27 pm

this looks incredible! i really want to try it!


Bob December 17, 2009 at 10:13 pm

Those look perfect. My grandparents used to have an orange tree. That was the best oj I've ever had. Heh.


Monica H December 17, 2009 at 10:56 pm

I've always wanted an orange tree. Great photos!


Cheryl December 17, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Wow that a great idea, I love it!


lyndsay December 18, 2009 at 8:13 pm

beautiful mini!! i love citrus things… yum.


Sophie December 31, 2009 at 10:25 am

MMMMMM,…this is one lovely recipe & I also love them dipped in chocolate!


tamilyn January 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

What a great gift idea-much different than just cookies and fudge.

Thanks for stopping by and your kind words. I have perused some of your posts and need to come back on my day off so I can read through them 🙂


Neen January 19, 2010 at 4:30 pm

I definitely agree with the above — very different from the cookies and fudge regular desserts, and perfect for someone who really likes citrus. And unless I'm mistaken, one could also then use the candied peel as decoration for something else… or in cupcakes… oh the possibilities!


Indulge Your Fancy February 5, 2010 at 8:33 am

I'm a little confused on your directions do I boil them 2x and is the sugar put on after 2 days your pics and recipe don't coincide. Sorry really not picky just want to get them right.They look yummy. Can't wait to try.


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