Pecan Pie Balls (No-Bake)

Pecan Pie Balls – dangerously delicious!! I could eat the whole batch! Great for parties, tailgating, and homemade gifts! Pecans, graham crackers, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, vanilla, and chocolate candy coating. Can add bourbon to the pecan mixture for a boozy treat. A MUST for your holiday cookie tray! #candy #pecans  #dessert #truffles

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No-Bake Pecan Pie Truffles

Now that we got Thanksgiving out of the way we can move on to Christmas! These Pecan Pie Balls are a MUST for your holiday cookie tray. These things are SOOOO good! They taste just like pecan pie. The chocolate candy coating really puts these Pecan Balls over the top!

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How to Make Maple Pecan Balls

These candy balls are very easy to make. Start with chopping the pecans. Once you have the pecans chopped, mix the pecans with some graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, maple syrup, melted butter, and vanilla. Form the pecan mixture into balls and place them in the freezer. Freezing the balls will make them easier to dip in the chocolate.

  • I put my pecans in a food processor and pulsed them a couple of times. You want the pecans in very small pieces.
  • If you want to make Bourbon Pecan Balls, swap some of the maple syrup for bourbon.
  • For the chocolate coating, I used chocolate almond bark. Feel free to swap the almond bark for melted chocolate chips or chocolate bars. Add some shortening to the chips or chocolate bars to make the chocolate mixture smoother.
  • You can also dip the balls in white almond bark or melted white chocolate.
  • If you don’t have maple syrup, you can substitute Karo Syrup.
  • Decorate the balls with any color sprinkles – Christmas, Valentine’s, birthday sprinkles, or your favorite team colors.
  • This recipe makes about 3 or 4 dozen, depending on how big you make the balls.
  • Store the candy in an air-tight container.
  • This candy can be easily frozen, stored in the refrigerator, or at room temperature if you’ll be eating them within a day or two.
  • The candy balls will last about a month in an air-tight container stored in the refrigerator.
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Chocolate Coated Pecan Pie Bites

These Pecan Balls were a huge hit at our house. I shared some with friends, and everyone LOVED them! These are great for holiday parties and cookie trays. They also make great homemade gifts for teachers, co-workers, bus drivers, and friends. Package the balls in a cute box or in some cellophane bags for an easy and delicious gift!

We all know you can’t have just one dessert at the holidays. Here are a few of our other favorite sweet treats for the holidays:

Microwave Peanut Brittle

Microwave Peanut Brittle – no candy thermometer required! Only 6 ingredients – peanuts, sugar, corn syrup, butter, vanilla, and baking…

Peppermint Popcorn Bark

Peppermint Popcorn Bark – Popcorn coated with white chocolate and crushed candy canes! O-M-YUM! This stuff is so dang addictive!…

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Pecan Pie Balls

Yield: 3 dozen
Prep Time 20 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Pecan Pie Balls – dangerously delicious!! I could eat the whole batch! Great for parties, tailgating, and homemade gifts! Pecans, graham crackers, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, vanilla, and chocolate candy coating. Can add bourbon to the pecan mixture for a boozy treat. A MUST for your holiday cookie tray! #candy #pecans #dessert

Ingredients:

  • cup pecan halves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 6 to 8 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1 (24-oz) package chocolate almond bark

Instructions:

  • Combine chopped pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, vanilla, and maple syrup. Stir to combine. Add melted butter only until the mixture comes together and can be easily shaped into balls. (Depending on how you chopped your ingredients, you may have some leftover butter.)
  • Shape pecan mixture into 1-inch balls.
  • Place balls on a parchment-lined baking sheet and place in the refrigerator or freezer for an hour.
  • Melt almond bark according to package directions.
  • Remove balls from refrigerator and dip into the chocolate almond bark.
  • Place dipped balls on parchment or wax paper and let sit until set.

Notes:

  • I put my pecans in a food processor and pulsed them a couple of times. You want the pecans in very, very small pieces.
  • I used a box of Keebler Graham Cracker Crumbs. They are very finely ground.
  • If you make your own graham cracker crumbs, you want the crumbs to be the consistency of sand.
  • If you want to make Bourbon Pecan Balls, swap some of the maple syrup for bourbon.
  • For the chocolate coating, I used chocolate almond bark. Feel free to swap the almond bark for melted chocolate chips or chocolate bars. Add some shortening to the chips or chocolate bars to make the chocolate mixture smoother.
  • You can also dip the balls in white almond bark or melted white chocolate.
  • If you don’t have maple syrup, you can substitute Karo Syrup.
  • Decorate the balls with any color sprinkles – Christmas, valentines, birthday sprinkles, or your favorite team colors.
  • This recipe makes about 3 or 4 dozen, depending on how big you make the balls.
  • Store the candy in an air-tight container.
  • This candy can be easily frozen, stored in the refrigerator, or at room temperature if you’ll be eating them within a day or two.
  • The candy balls will last about a month in an air-tight container stored in the refrigerator.

Steph

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  1. What about doubling the recipe, and using 1 pkg of chocolate almond bark and 1 pkg of white almond bark to make a milder chocolate (milk chocolate)?

  2. Have you tried toasting the pecans prior to incorporating in the balls? Just wondering if that would enhance the flavor.

    1. I haven’t tried that, but it would probably work fine. Add it a little at a time until the mixture comes together. You may need a little less or a little more.

  3. Wonder how these would taste rolled in powdered sugar instead of covered in chocolate? I already have so many cookies that have chocolate on them.

  4. Can you freeze these and if so, how good will they keep for? They will make nice neighbor and secret Santa gifts!

    1. Sure! I would freeze the balls undipped and dip them when you are ready to give them away. You can dip them in the chocolate candy coating frozen.

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