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pecan pie balls

(15 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Camille McClendon
Lakeway, TX

The yummiest part of a Pecan Pie with a little kick! I made these for Thanksgiving and several holiday parties. They were a huge hit with all. Especially, for my healthy "portion controlled" friends! They liked the fact that they could have one pie ball instead of being served one slice of pie and only eating a small portion of it. A lot of people have asked about a non-alcoholic version: try almond extract if you do not like the taste of alcohol. You can also use a rum non-alcohol flavoring. Add a little water to equal liquid amount. Vanilla wafers can be subbed for graham crackers.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

Oh these were a hit in the Test Kitchen! These are just like bite-sized pecan pies. Since they are small, you won't feel guilty when you take two or three. If you can stop there...

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(15 ratings)
yield 24 balls
method Stove Top

Ingredients For pecan pie balls

  • 2 1/2 c
    pecans, toasted and chopped
  • 1 c
    graham crackers, crushed (vanilla wafers, oreos can be subbed if you do not like graham crackers)
  • 1 c
    brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt (if you can not handle the sodium, don't use it!)
  • 2 Tbsp
    maple syrup
  • 1/4 c
    bourbon, brandy or spiced rum. non alcohol version: use almond extract, rum extract, or any other that may suit your taste. add a little water/juice to equal the liquid amount.
  • 1 tsp
  • 7 oz
    dark chocolate bark. if you prefer white chocolate...go for it!
  • 1 tsp
    coarse sea salt (optional)

How To Make pecan pie balls

  • Pecans, graham crackers, salt, and brown sugar in a bowl.
    Combine first four ingredients in large bowl.
  • Adding maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla extract to mixture.
    Add maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla.
  • Mixing all ingredients in a bowl.
    Use your hands to make sure all the ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Almond extract can be subbed for non-alcohol version... add water to equal liquid amount. You can also try non-alcohol rum flavoring.
  • Scooping mixture out of the bowl.
    Form balls by scooping a tablespoon size amount of mixture.
  • Rolling to form a ball.
    Roll in hands to form balls.
  • Placing balls on a cookie sheet.
    Place balls on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Place cookie sheet in the freezer for 2 hrs. Tip: After all balls are made, roll balls again with slightly water damped hands. This will make balls smooth before dipping in chocolate.
  • Melted chocolate in a measuring cup.
    Melt chocolate bark in a double boiler or microwave per directions on package.
  • Dipping the ball into the chocolate.
    Dip frozen balls into chocolate.
  • Placing ball on parchment paper.
    Then place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • Salt sprinkled onto pecan pie ball.
    Optional: Sprinkle a few grains of coarse sea salt on balls before the chocolate sets.
  • A bowl and tray of pecan pie balls.
    These freeze well. Take out of the freezer and let sit for 15 minutes. They are also good frozen!