Orange You Glad It’s the Holiday Season?

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the food. What other time of the year is it fully acceptable to eat cookies and candies and other delicious treats?!

Oh, yeah… Halloween.

A favorite sweet treat of mine are orange nut balls. They’re small bites of a delicious, sweet, orange, pecan, and coconut mixture that melt in your mouth. It’s hard to eat just one! It took a little while for this recipe to grow on me, but as my taste buds matured, a fondness grew for this dessert and I looked forward to having them every year. The great part about this dessert is that it’s fairly simple to make – it just takes a little time.

For this recipe you’ll need:

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  • 1 box vanilla wafers
  • 1 box powdered sugar – the recipe calls for 4x, but if you can’t find it 10x will work just fine
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 small can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • shredded coconut

Crush the pecans and vanilla wafers. You can do this in a food processor if you’d like, but if you want an arm workout or need to get out some frustrations, just find something with a large base (I used the bottom of a metal ice cream scoop) and smash away! Mix the vanilla wafers and pecans with powdered sugar.

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Add about 2/3 of the can of orange juice concentrate and the butter. I used the 12 fluid ounce can of OJ concentrate for this recipe. The main goal is not to get the mixture too wet otherwise it will be hard to form the balls later.

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Refrigerate the mixture overnight. The next day, roll the mixture into balls and coat with coconut. These need to be stored in the refrigerator, so I suggest stacking as many as you can in a storage container with wax paper in between each layer.

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These are so delicious and have a rich, sweet flavor that will be sure to put a smile on your face! As always, the recipe can be tweaked to your liking, whether you want to make it with or without pecans, with a different type of nut, or maybe even with a different flavor of juice concentrate! The possibilities are endless in the world of cooking and baking. I hope you enjoy these as much as I have over the years.

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