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Pecan Pie Balls

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Pecan pie balls are a sweet treat that will be a huge hit all year round. Stuffed with all the gooey goodness of pecan pie wrapped in a rich chocolate shell, these are little bites of heaven.Recipe Inspired by Plain Chicken.
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  1. PECAN PIE BALLS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS PECAN PIE BALLS RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Pecan pie balls are cute little bite-sized delicacies that are bursting with all the goodness of a pie but are much easier to make when you have a quick craving. Packed with ooey-gooey sweet filling, these treats are wrapped in a rich chocolate shell and decorated with festive sprinkles.

If you love these, you are sure to love our pecan pie bars and pecan pie bites.

PECAN PIE BALLS INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 1½ cups pecans, fine chopped
  • ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons light Karo syrup
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter, melted
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¾ teaspoon rum extract
  • 12 ounces chocolate melting discs (I used Ghirardelli brand)
  • Holiday themed sprinkles, optional garnish

PRO TIP:

If you can’t find the chocolate melting discs, you can use Chocolate Almond Bark instead. It is very easy to use when following package directions. Different brands may call it melting chocolate blocks. This is very different from baking chocolate squares as this is made to melt smooth, then re-harden and stick to whatever it is you are coating/dipping into chocolate. Baking chocolate squares will not do this. The chocolate melting discs and the almond bark already have added sugar and fats to them, therefore, making these two options ideal for use in this recipe. They can also be found in vanilla/white chocolate flavors as well. 

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHOCOLATE: You could also change these maple pecan balls up and use white chocolate melting discs for dipping instead of milk chocolate. Chocolate melting discs will also come in different colors, so you can get creative and customize your treats.

RUM EXTRACT: If you do not want to use rum extract, then you can use almond extract and vanilla extract instead. The flavor will still be delicious.

CHOCOLATE CHIPS: If you can not find melting discs or bark, you can use a 12-ounce bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips mixed with 2 tablespoons of unflavored Crisco shortening (or coconut oil) melted in a microwave-safe bowl, on medium heat, for 1 to 2 minutes. You will want to make sure to stir your chocolate at 1 minute, then continue to heat in 30-second intervals. Be careful not to overheat your chips because they could seize up and not work for dipping.

KARO SYRUP: If you do not wish to use Karo syrup in your recipe, you can just increase the amount of maple syrup used. I also highly recommend using good-quality maple syrup and not pancake syrup. The flavor really shines through with these no-bake treats.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS PECAN PIE BALLS RECIPE

STEP ONE: In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, combine the chopped pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, maple syrup, Karo syrup, melted butter, almond and rum extracts. Mix until evenly combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or up to overnight.

PRO TIP:

Make your own graham cracker crumbs by blending graham crackers in the food processor until they are finely ground.

STEP TWO: Once chilled, using a 2-inch cookie scoop, scoop out the pecan filling and form it into tight balls. Set the pecan balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat until all the balls are formed.

PRO TIP:

We suggest wetting your hands with warm water, place the scooped filling into the palm of your hand and gently squeeze and compact the pecan filling into a tight ball.

STEP THREE: In a medium bowl that is not too deep, melt the chocolate melting discs according to package directions. Stir until smooth.

STEP FOUR: Using a fork, gently place one pecan ball at a time into the melted chocolate candy coating. Roll it around in the melted chocolate, being very careful not to break apart the pecan ball, and lift out the chocolate-coated pecan pie balls with the same fork and place balls back onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat this process until all the pecan pie balls are coated in chocolate.

STEP FIVE: At this time, you can sprinkle on some holiday-themed candy sprinkles if desired onto the tops of each pecan pie ball. Place cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 2 hours, uncovered, while the chocolate sets.

STEP SIX: These pecan pie truffles can be served at room temperature once the chocolate coating has hardened.

HOW TO SERVE

These delightful little bites of sweetness are the perfect addition to a holiday dessert tray or box of treats for gifting. Add them to a festive container along with our buckeyes and gingerbread truffles for friends and family.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: If you want to make them ahead, you can store them, in an uncovered container, in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to two months.

This holiday season, whip up a batch of these delightful pecan pie balls. They boast all the rich flavors of pecan pie packed into adorable bite-sized packages. With a sweet and gooey filling and nutty crunch of pecans wrapped in chocolate, these treats are sure to be a winner.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I freeze these treats?

This simple recipe can be frozen in an airtight container for up to two months.

What is Karo syrup?

Karo syrup is a brand of corn syrup but does not contain any high-fructose corn syrup.

Can I use white chocolate instead of milk chocolate for this recipe?

White chocolate melting discs or white chocolate almond bark would both be excellent substitutes for the dark chocolate in this pecan balls recipe.

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Pecan Pie Balls

5 from 2 votes
Pecan pie balls are a sweet treat that will be a huge hit all year round. Stuffed with all the gooey goodness of pecan pie wrapped in a rich chocolate shell, these are little bites of heaven.
Recipe Inspired by Plain Chicken.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

  • cups pecans fine chopped
  • ¾ cup graham cracker crumbs
  • cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons light Karo syrup
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • ¼ teaspoon almond extract
  • ¾ teaspoon rum extract
  • 12 ounces chocolate melting discs I used Ghirardelli brand
  • holiday themed sprinkles optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a large mixing bowl, using a wooden spoon, combine the chopped pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, maple syrup, Karo syrup, melted butter, almond and rum extracts. Mix until evenly combined. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours or up to overnight.
  • Once chilled, using a 2-inch cookie scoop, scoop out the pecan filling and form it into tight balls. Set the pecan balls onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and repeat until all the balls are formed.
  • In a medium-size bowl, that is not too deep, melt the chocolate melting discs according to package directions. Stir until smooth.
  • Using a fork, gently place one pecan ball at a time into the melted chocolate. Roll it around in the melted chocolate, being very careful not to break apart the pecan ball, and lift out the chocolate-coated pecan pie balls with the same fork and place them back onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat this process until all the pecan pie balls are coated in chocolate.
  • At this time, you can sprinkle on some holiday-themed candy sprinkles if desired onto the tops of each pecan pie ball. Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator for 2 hours, uncovered, to allow the chocolate to firm back up.
  • These pecan pie balls can be served at room temperature once the chocolate coating has hardened.

Notes

PRO TIP: If you can’t find the chocolate melting discs, you can use Chocolate Almond Bark instead. It is very easy to use when following package directions. Different brands may call it melting chocolate blocks. This is very different from baking chocolate squares as this is made to melt smooth, then re-harden and stick to whatever it is you are coating/dipping into chocolate. Baking chocolate squares will not do this. The chocolate melting discs and the almond bark already have added sugar and fats to them, therefore, making these two options ideal for use in this recipe. They can also be found in vanilla/white chocolate flavors as well. 
 
PRO TIP: Make your own graham cracker crumbs by blending graham crackers in the food processor until they are finely ground.
 
PRO TIP: We suggest wetting your hands with warm water, place the scooped filling into the palm of your hand and gently squeeze and compact the pecan filling into a tight ball.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 47mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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