Florida Orange Melts

Recipe by grandma2969
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READY IN: 24hrs 15mins
YIELD: 24 1
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 1 23
    cups coarsely crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1 13
    cups chopped pecans
  • 23
  • 14
    teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 3
    tablespoons thawed orange juice concentrate (do not dilute)
  • 2
    tablespoons orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier, Cointreau or 2 tablespoons triple sec
  • 2
    teaspoons light corn syrup
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DIRECTIONS

  • In a food processor, process the vanilla wafers and 1 cup of the pecans until finely ground.
  • Add the powdered sugar and orange zest and process until evenly incorporated.
  • With the motor running, add the orange juice concentrate, orange liqueur, and corn syrup through the feed tube and process just until well blended.
  • If the mixture seems too soft to handle, let it stand for a few minutes until firm; if it seems too dry and crumbly, sprinkle in a little water and process briefly to incorporate.
  • Finely chop the remaining 1/3 cup of pecans.
  • Spread them in a shallow bowl.
  • Shape portions of the mixture into scant 1" balls with lightly greased hands.
  • Press the balls into the pecans, turning until coated lightly all over.
  • If the pecans don't stick well, moisten the balls by rolling them in slightly damp hands.
  • Let the cookies mellow in an airtight container for at least 4 hours or preferably overnight before serving.
  • Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days, refrigerate for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 1 month.
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