Today we welcome guest writer, Amy Mikkelsen. Amy writes a fabulous blog called Your Southern Peach, which is full of yummy desserts, cocktail recipes, fashion ideas and party planning inspiration! Take it away, Amy!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s a simple day for family and friends to gather, express gratitude and enjoy a great meal. It’s also a day to indulge in foods I may not eat throughout the year. Pecan pie is one of those foods. Unfortunately, by the time pie time comes around, I’m usually stuffed to the gills with turkey and dressing. These pecan pie truffles are the perfect, bite-size ending to a Thanksgiving feast, and they also make a sweet little hostess gift. Make these ahead of time and freeze for easy entertaining. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
- 2 ½ cups pecans, toasted and finely chopped
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- ⅛ cup bourbon
- ¼ cup corn syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 7 oz. dipping chocolate – white, dark or both (I like Bakers brand)
- In a medium bowl, stir together pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and salt until well combined. Add maple syrup, bourbon, corn syrup and vanilla, stirring thoroughly.
- Refrigerate mixture for about 15 minutes. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper. Then remove mixture from the refrigerator and form mixture into 1 inch balls (The best way to do this is with clean hands!) Place truffles onto wax paper and place cookie sheet in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Once the truffles are ready to be removed, melt the dipping chocolate per instructions. (Be careful not to overheat the chocolate or it will seize up!) Using a fork, lower the truffles individually into the melted chocolate. Coat the truffle and slowly lift it from the chocolate. Scrape the bottom of the fork on the side of the bowl as you transfer the truffle to the wax paper. (This will keep the chocolate from pooling up on the wax paper.)
- Garnish the truffle with a small pecan piece. Once all the truffles are dipped, transfer cookie sheet to the refrigerator and chill for at least an hour.
- Allow truffles to come to room temperature and serve.
- These truffles freeze very well!
Since these truffles freeze so beautifully, they are the perfect dessert to make ahead and then pull out on Thanksgiving Day. We love anything that is a timesaver on Thanksgiving!
Thanks, Amy! To see even more of Amy’s yummy desserts and party ideas visit her blog, Your Southern Peach.
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