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Candied Pecans with Grapefruit Zest

Candied Pecans with Grapefruit Zest

Every year , I look forward to candied pecans at Christmas time. My mom made them for Holiday parties when I was young and they always seemed to add to the fantastic glow of the evening. They are so goooood, too! I wanted to make them as teacher/friend/neighbor gifts this year but wanted to add a little twist. Enter, grapefruit.

Candied Pecans with Grapefruit Zest

Now, grapefruit and I have a long running dispute, which you can read about here. I adore, adore, adore the smell of grapefruit but cannot eat it. Blerg! I cannot tell you how foul tasting it is to me. I got it in my head that if I could give the flavor of grapefruit to these nuts, it might be just the middle ground I’m looking for. The flavor, but not the taste. And, it worked deliciously!

Candied Pecans with Grapefruit Zest

I wrapped the nuts up in adorable little milk jars and added some greens and holly with a bit of twine. Throw in a fun tag and voila!

Candied Pecans with Grapefruit Zest

Here’s the recipe, but I will warn you, they are dangerously good!

Candied Pecans with Grapefruit Zest


1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cold water
1 egg white
1 teaspoon grated grapefruit zest
1 1b pecan halves

:: Preheat oven to 225 degrees.
:: Mix in a bowl: 1 cup of sugar, 1 t cinnamon, 1 t salt.
:: Mix until frothy in a mixing bowl: 1 t cold water, 1 egg white.
:: Add 1 teaspoon of grapefruit zest to the egg whites. Add the pecans immediately afterward as the citrus will deflate the froth a bit.
:: Stir 1 lb of pecan halves into the egg white mixture.
:: Add the dry ingredients, stir well.
:: Spread them over a cookie sheet with sides.
:: Cook for 1 hour at 225 degrees, stirring occasionally to keep from burning.

Let cool, and package them up. I usually double the recipe to get more bang for the effort!

Candied Pecans with Grapefruit Zest

Everyone was raving! yippee!

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