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12 Days of Cookies: Candied (& Chocolate-Dipped) Orange Peels

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Candied (& Chocolate-Dipped) Orange Peels

Ingredients
3 oranges, navel work well
2 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup sugar
Dark Chocolate

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Directions
Cut the top and bottom from the orange.
Cut the peel each orange into 4 vertical pieces and remove from orange in one piece.
Cut the peel into thin strips.
Bring a pot of water to boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook the peels in boiling water for 15 minutes, drain and rinse.
Bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium heat in a sauce pan.
Add the peel, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until the peels are tender, about 45 minutes.
Drain and toss the peels in the sugar.
Note: You want to drain the orange peels well. If you just throw them straight from the syrup into the sugar, the sugar will clump up.
Place the peels on a cooling rack and let them sit until the coating is dry, anywhere from 24-48 hours.
Optional: (…but why wouldn’t you) dip your candied orange peels in dark chocolate!

Recipe Courtesy of Closet Cooking