Prep 10 mins
Cook 3 mins
My grandmother always seemed to have these at her house when we were kids.
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1⁄3 cup orange juice
- 2 1⁄4 cups pecan halves
- 1⁄2 teaspoon grated orange rind
- Combine sugar, cream of tartar, and orange juice in a saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring gently until sugar dissolves. Cover orange mixture, and cook over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes to wash down sugar crystals from sides of pan. Uncover and cook over medium heat to a soft ball stage (240F).
- Remove from heat, and beat with a wooden spoon just until mixture begins to thicken. stir in pecans and oranger ind. Working rapidly, drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto waxed paper; let cool.
Made these for my Oscar party! They were very popular because they were so different from the usual salty nuts. Very tasty. I added 2 tsp orange rind to the second batch and it made a really tangy taste. Definitely a keeper! Thanks KittyKitty.