Pecan Pie Balls

by Sheryl

Amazeballs! From pie to balls – these Pecan Pie Balls are super delicious, soft with a nutty flavor. Have it with a splash of bourbon or a substitute for a non-alcoholic version.

INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups pecans, toasted and chopped
1 cup graham crackers, crushed (vanilla wafers, Oreos can be subbed if you do not like graham crackers)
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 teaspoon salt (if you can not handle the sodium, don’t use it!)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/4 cup 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 teaspoon vanilla
7 oz dark chocolate bark. If you prefer white chocolate go for it!
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt (optional)

How to make Pecan Pie Balls

Step 1: In a large bowl, combine the pecans, graham crackers, brown sugar, and salt.

Step 2: Drizzle the maple syrup, pour the bourbon, and add in the vanilla.

Step 3: Mix the ingredients thoroughly with your hands. You can substitute the bourbon with some almond extract for a non-alcoholic version. Or you can try to use a non-alcohol rum flavoring.

Step 4: When the ingredients are incorporated, scoop a tablespoon-size, and form a ball. Do this for the remaining mixture.

Step 5: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Place the balls on the cookie sheet and freeze for at least 2 hours. Although the balls are already made, roll them again with your slight water damped hands to ensure the balls are smooth before you dip them in chocolates.

Step 6: Meanwhile, as per package instruction, melt the chocolate bark in a double boiler or microwave.

Step 7: Take out the frozen balls and dip each ball into the melted chocolate bark. And place them back on the cookie sheet.

Step 8: Sprinkle with a little sea salt before the chocolates hardened. Although, this is optional but highly recommended.

Step 9: Serve them as is or freeze first for t least 15 minutes. These are great when frozen. Enjoy!

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