Pecan Pie Balls

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Camille McClendon

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@CamilleKaye

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.

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Rating:

★★★★★ 15 votes

Comments:
Serves:
24 balls
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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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 alcoholic 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
vanilla
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

Step-by-Step

  • 1Combine first four ingredients in large bowl.
  • 2Add maple syrup, bourbon, and vanilla.
  • 3Use 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.
  • 4Form balls by scooping a tablespoon size amount of mixture.
  • 5Roll in hands to form balls.
  • 6Place 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.
  • 7Melt chocolate bark in a double boiler or microwave per directions on package.
  • 8Dip frozen balls into chocolate.
  • 9Then place on the parchment paper lined cookie sheet.
  • 10Optional: Sprinkle a few grains of coarse sea salt on balls before the chocolate sets.
  • 11These freeze well. Take out of the freezer and let sit for 15 minutes. They are also good frozen!

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About Pecan Pie Balls

Course/Dish: Candies
Main Ingredient: Nuts
Regional Style: Southern
Other Tag: Quick & Easy




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