Candied Orange Peel (German Orangeat)

This Simple Recipe Makes The Perfect Candied Orange Peels!

Wondering how to make candied orange peel and not sure where to start? You’re in the right place!

Candied orange peels – or Orangeat in German – can be quite a unique creation if you’ve never had them before.

Made by boiling thinly sliced orange peels in sugar and water, candied orange peels have a number of uses both as a treat and as a popular baking ingredient.

clear plate of candied orange peel
Candied orange peels – ready to be used!

Some people like to snack on candied orange peels since they have been candied for a sweet and zesty treat.

Once they harden up, you can even make candied orange peel dipped in chocolate… because orange and chocolate are wonderful together!

We’ve also heard of candied orange peels being used as a sweet garnish in popular cocktails like an Old Fashioned.

The left over syrup in the pot is also useful as a citrusy, sweet addition to a cocktail or in tea.

two plates of candied orange peel chopped up
Candied orange peel finely chopped up and ready for baking!

We know candied orange peel mainly as a baking ingredient – specifically in German baking. There are actually a few recipes using candied orange peel from cakes to Lebkuchen (German gingerbread) and Stollen (German Christmas Bread).

All you have to do is chopped the candied orange into finer pieces to be mixed into the various batters.

These recipes also often call for candied lemon peel – but candied orange and lemon are very similar in preparation.

In fact, if you’ve ever enjoyed these German Christmas baked goods, there’s a good chance you’ve eaten candied orange peel before and not even realized it.

Then again, maybe you DID notice the hint of citrus in your mouth… it can be hard to miss!

How to Make Candied Orange Peels – Step by Step

If you want to make candied orange peels, you can find the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

For those who are visual learners, we took process photos of this recipe so you can see what each step looked like for us. This should give you an idea of how your candied orange peels are turning out!

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Two organic oranges – washed and waiting to be dried.

Start by washing your orangic oranges.

orange on cutting board with peel cut
Cut the peel into four quarters..

Then cut off the ends and cut the peel into four quarters to make it easier to peel.

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Orange peel waiting for the next step.

Then gently peel the peel off using your fingers.

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Cut the peel into thin strips.

In the next step cut the orange peel into thin strips.

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Time to boil the orange peels.

Place the orange peels into a pot and add the water.

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Orange peels being boiled.

Bring the water to a boil and let the orange strips boil for around 15 minutes. Stir occassionally.

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Rinse the orange strips.

After the 15 minutes are up, pour everything through a strainer. Rinse the orange peels as well as your pot to get rid of some of the bitterness.

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Add new water and sugar.

Once rinsed, place the orange peels back into the pot. Add new water and sugar.

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Orange peels simmering.

Bring the mixture to a low simmer and let it simmer for around 1.5 hours until the orange peels become slightly translucent and the water-sugar-mixture becomes a thick syrup. Make sure to stir occassionally during that time.

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Place the peels on a cooling rack and wait.

Once the orange peels are done, remove them from the syrup and place them on a cooling rack with parchment paper (or similar) underneath to capture any drips.

Let the orange peels dry for around 24 hours until they are no longer sticky to the touch. Depending on how warm it is in your home, they might dry quicker or need slightly longer.

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Look at those candied orange peels glisten with their sugar coating!

You can either store the dried orange peels as is or cut them into small cubes to use as a baking ingredients. It’s best to store them at room temperature in an airtight container with a lid.

Enjoy our orange peel recipe!

candied orange peel on clear plate on white counter

Candied Orange Peel

Yield: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Additional Time: 1 day
Total Time: 1 day 1 hour 50 minutes

Candied orange peel is a sweet, zesty, easy-to-make holiday creation that can be enjoyed as a simple side snack, a garnish in a cocktail, or chopped up small as a baking ingredient in holiday recipes like German Stollen or Lebkuchen (German gingerbread).

Ingredients

  • Peel from 2 organic oranges
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash the oranges and dry them.
  2. Cut off the ends, then slice down the orange lengthwise to section the outer peel into quarters. Now use your fingers to gently peel the oranges.
  3. Cut the peeled peels into fine strips and place them in a small-medium pot. Add around 1 1/2 cups of water so that the peels are just covered and bring the water to a boil. Boil the orange peels for around 15 minutes while stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour the content of the pot through a strainer to drain the water and capture the orange peels. Rinse the pot and run the orange peels under water to get rid of some of the bitterness.
  5. Place the orange peels back in the pot, add 1 1/2 cups water and 1 1/2 cups sugar. Bring the mixture to a low simmer. Let the orange peels simmer for around 1.5 hours while stirring occasionally until the water-sugar mixture becomes a thick syrup and the orange peels look slightly translucent.
  6. Remove the orange peels from the pot and place them on a cooling tray. It's best to have some parchment paper underneath the cooling tray to capture syrup drips. Separate any peels that got stuck together and let the peels dry for around 24 hours until they are no longer sticky to the touch.
  7. Either place the strips into an airtight container for storage or cut them into small cubes if you plan on using them for baking (for example in Gingerbread cookies or German Stollen).

Notes

  • Be sure to use organic oranges for this recipe since you will be eating the peels. Otherwise, you risk potentially ingesting numerous chemicals and/or pesticides used in the growing process.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 649Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 17mgCarbohydrates: 168gFiber: 3gSugar: 162gProtein: 1g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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