Spiced Candied Orange Peel ~ Savory Simple

Can I just take a moment to tell you all how excited I am about Mixed Conference this weekend? Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious is flying into Dulles and on Friday we’re taking a (gulp) 5 hour drive along with friends Jackie and Erin to the Mountain Lake Resort in Pembroke, Va. Dirty Dancing was filmed there and I will gladly carry a watermelon to hang out with some of the amazing guest speakers and talented bloggers in attendance. One of my favorite food photographers, Helene Dujardin, will be teaching a workshop! While I’m packing for the journey, allow me to leave you with these wonderful spiced candied orange peels. They are really addicting. I gave the majority of them away so I would stop shoveling them into my pie hole. I have no control around these little delicacies. Do you see all of those tiny specks of vanilla? Those equal intense flavor. Add to that some cinnamon, cardamom pods, cloves and a bit of black pepper. Spicy holiday decadence to the max. I just know you will love these as much as I do.


Spiced Candied Orange Peel
Serves: 4 cups
  • 4 medium or large oranges
  • 2½ cups granulated sugar + 1 cup for coating
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split down the middle
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 6 cardamom pods, smashed
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 whole cloves
  1. Cut the orange into quarters. Use a spoon to scoop out the fruit but be sure to leave as much of the white pith attached as possible. Slice the peel into thin slices about ¼ inch thick or smaller.
  2. Place the orange peels in a large saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Drain and repeat this process 2 more times using fresh water each time (do not skip this step because it removes the bitterness from the peel).
  3. Clean the saucepan with soap and water. Add the water, sugar, vanilla bean, peppercorns, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks and cloves. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally to dissolve the sugar. Reduce to a simmer and add the orange peels. Simmer on low heat, stirring every 10-15 minutes, until the fruit becomes slightly translucent, 1½ to 2 hours.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and a cooling rack. Using tongs, remove the orange peels from the syrup, shake off any excess liquid and move to the rack to finish draining. Don't discard the syrup, it's wonderful in drinks. Allow the candied orange peels to dry overnight.
  5. Toss with sugar before serving.


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  • http://www.cooking-spree.com Cooking Spree

    Ohoh. I see it coming. I’m a goner! These, with their kicky bit of spice, sound fantastic!

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    In love with these orange peels! Hope you have a great weekend of fun!

  • http://theveryveryhungrycaterpillar.com Libby

    This looks amazing, love those little flecks too!

  • http://maddogtvdinners.wordpress.com Mad Dog

    That looks like amazing peel and beautiful picture :-)

  • Kathryn

    I’m so jealous of you guys all going to Mixed Con – I was hoping that I’d be able to convince my boyfriend that we needed a pre-Christmas weekend away so I could come but it wasn’t to be. I hope you have an amazing time!

  • http://littlekitchie.blogspot.com little kitchie

    so funny that you posted this… a friend of mine who’s giving a holiday party just asked me yesterday for a recipe for these! i didn’t have one to recommend to her… but now i do! thanks!! :)

  • http://www.thewickednoodle.com kristy @ the wicked noodle

    You get to hang out with Chung-Ah?!! I’m so sad I won’t be there – would love to meet her! Please say hello for me and give her a big hug. She’s so sweet. AND I’m sad that I won’t be hanging out with you, too (of course) but at least we have our lunch plans coming up!
    AND…I love these candied orange peels. That photo is beautiful.

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    I love candied orange peel. I bet it is so good homemade. I love the addition of spice- I’ve never had orange peel with spice on it.

  • http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    Beautiful! have fun at Mixed!!

  • claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    What an AMAZING holiday gift idea!!

  • http://flaviasflavors.com Flavia

    These look wonderful! I love candied orange peel, but have never made it myself. The addition of spices sounds intriguing since I have never eaten them with spices before. Have a great time at the conference! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

  • http://hskillet.blogspot.com Jenn and Seth

    i’ve never made candied orange peel, and now i totally need to add this to the christmas baking/candy making list! this sounds wonderful!

  • http://www.grubarazzi.com Grubarazzi (@Grubarazzi)

    I love the spice!

  • http://thebeeroness.com Jackie @ The Beeroness

    I’m so sad I won’t be at Mixed! And not just because I used to watch Dirty Dancing on repeat.
    This look awesome, so many fun uses.

  • http://www.thelawstudentswife.com Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    Happy roadtripping!
    Also, I love love candied orange peel. I might just have to dunk these in dark chocolate!

  • http://blondeambitionblog.net Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    These look great! My BF loves fruit candy…may have to make these for him soon :) I like that you added all the spices and didn’t just make them *only* sweet!

  • http://theorangebee.wordpress.com LInda

    Oh boy do these sound like ME! I like Erin’s idea of dipping them in dark chocolate. Pretty sure I’ll have to give away most too or I’ll eat all of them singlehandedly!

  • http://thespicedlife.com/ Laura

    Have fun!! The orange peels are gorgeous!

  • http://amishauthor.blogspot.com Amish Author Sicily Yoder

    I am going to make these for our Thanksgiving dinner this weekend. The kids are coming in, and that si why we waited to have it, plus my elderly mother wanted to wait until then.

  • http://www.unegaminedanslacuisine.com/ Valerie

    oh, *purr* I’d be eating these by the handful too! Have fun this weekend!!

    • http://www.savorysimple.net Savory Simple

      I wish you were coming, I want to meet you!

  • Ashley – Baker by Nature

    Ahhhh I wish I was going to MIXED!!! Have fun ;) And this recipe is awesome – you’re so creative!!!

  • http://damndelicious.tumblr.com Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    You are the best, Jen! Thanks so much for housing me! And these orange peels – AMAZING! I’m sure I’d have to give them away too so I wouldn’t eat every last one of them!

  • ? Kay

    My grandmother used to make this. She also used grapefruit peel. Thanks for the reminder of a great treat!

  • Julie

    These look great. Now, anyone have a recipe for what to do with all the scooped out oranges? And dipping in dark chocolate sounds like a great idea. Def making these for my xmas party.

  • http://justonecookbook.com/blog/ Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I saw some IG photos and seems like you are having a great time! It’s rare that I have all the ingredients for an unique recipe like this and I LOVE candied orange peel but never made my own before. I’m drooling imaging these. Thanks for the recipe, I’d love to give this a try!! Have fun!!!

  • http://backroadjournal.wordpress.com Karen (Back Road Journal)

    I love candied orange peel and yours is so special with the spices. Great photo.

  • http://noblepig.com Cathy

    These are beautiful with all those spices. What a cute gift in a sweet jar.

  • http://angiesrecipes.blogspot.com Angie@Angie’s Recipes

    This is so cool! I have to make a batch too.

  • http://www.thenewlywedchefs.com Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs

    I feel like these would make really pretty holiday gifts to give! Yum!

  • http://savoringtoday.com Judy @Savoring Today

    Candies citrus is hard to stop eating! I like the additional spices you have added here — down right dangerous! Love it!

  • http://www.kitchenriffs.com kitchenriffs

    Hope you’re having a great time! I’ve never made my own candied orange peels before, and it’s so easy to do so. Definitely something I should try – love the flavors you’re including. Really good stuff – thanks so much.

  • http://www.thisamericanbite.com/ This American Bite

    These sound awesome. Have you ever tried any other citrus peel?

  • http://whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.tumblr.com/ Marta

    I love candied orange peel but never made one. Need to try it.

  • http://www.bake-online.co.uk Jenny @ BAKE

    These sound just like Christmas! they look like a perfect gift too!

  • http://www.roxanashomebaking.com/ Roxana | Roxana’s Home Baking

    I love munching on candied peel, plus adding it to bread dough makes it do flavorful!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe Jen

  • Parsley Sage

    I fully support holiday decadence, darling! These look phenomenal :)

  • http://Fishingblues.wordpress.com Robin Blue

    I made these a few days ago and they were amazing! I dipped some of them in dark chocolate and I almost died they were so good. I saved the spiced syrup and the orange flesh and made orange marmalade. Equally delicious and I didn’t waste anything! Now I’m going to try the same recipe with grapefruit peel. Thanks for the recipe!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I’m so glad you like them! I just shipped a package of them to family in AZ & am making more for a party on Friday. I may have to try chocolate this time.

    • Pamela

      How do you make orange marmalade using the left over syrup and flesh?

  • http://www.averiecooks.com Averie

    By now the conference is over but I clicked over from your 2012 Best Of and these were front and center and I can see why. Amazing looking!

  • http://www.foodlustpeoplelove.com Stacy

    I have pinned these in my Recipes to Try board. They look wonderful and just the perfect addition to some citrusy muffins, perhaps, or pound cake. This was the first photo that caught my eye from your best of 2012 round up and I can see why they made the list!

  • http://peacelovequinoa.com Crista

    these look delicious. and fragrant!

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Crista!

  • Terase

    Now I know why mine were always bitter! I had given up on making them again. THANK-YOU!!

  • faleen fedol

    In the directions you say to scoop out the fruit and then say to cut the fruit into 1/4 inch slices…do you mean to scoop out the fruit and and slice the peel into 1/4 inch slices or am i missing something here? Also says to toss with sugar before serving. I dont know that sugar would stick to it once the peels are cold,,,would it adhere better if done while they are still warm?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I corrected the typo, that should have said peel and not fruit. Thank you! I’ve made this many time and the sugar definitely sticks to the peel once they’re cool because the outside surface is sticky from the syrup.

  • Pamela

    What’s the best way to store these candies? I would like to make these for the teachers at my son’s preschool.

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      I recommend storing them at room temperature in an airtight container.

  • Jenn McElwain

    Try dipping one end in a semi-sweet or dark chocolate for a new dimension and complexity to the flavor.

  • lorene

    Made them yesterday! yummy and giving as gifts!

  • Judy

    I’m wondering how to store these once they’re made and how long will they be good? Anybody know?

    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/116899699259024089659/posts Jennifer Farley

      Hi Judy. Store them at room temperature in an airtight container. I’m not entirely sure about shelf life BUT I’d say at least 2 weeks if not more. The sugar preserves the orange peel.

  • Pandora

    I don’t have a vanilla bean atm. Suggestions for substituting high quality vanilla extract?

  • Judy

    Would it mess it all up if I used a grapefruit in addition to the 4 oranges?

  • Kelly Willington

    Yummy! How long do they stay? Will they go bad after a time? Can you can them?