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Pecan Pie Balls

Pecan Pie Balls are the best easy no-bake snack that tastes just like pecan pie. These bite-sized treats are rich and sweet with a nutty crunch.

Pecan pie balls piled on to a white plate.


Serve up this sweet treat this holiday season! Pecan Pie Bites are always a huge hit and the perfect addition to your holiday desserts table. People go nuts over this delicious dessert. I can’t say I blame them. They are pretty darn good!

I can never only have one of these little bites. If I could, I’d want to eat them all! I have to stop myself sometimes and remember that they are there to share and not just for me! All pecan pie lovers need to make a batch.

These festive truffles take almost no time to prepare. The longest (and hardest) part is waiting from them to set. You can bet pecan pie balls will be on the menu at all my holiday parties. They are the perfect dessert for baking exchanges, too!

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Why You’ll Love This Pecan Pie Balls Recipe

  • Tastes like you are biting into a piece of classic pecan pieEasy no bake treats that can be prepared in minutes
  • Festive treat to serve this Christmas
  • The perfect amount of sweetness to satisfy your sweet tooth
  • Makes a lovely edible holiday gift
  • Can be easily doubled or tripled
  • They freeze well and can be made ahead

Ingredients

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    • Light brown sugar
    • Graham cracker crumbs – If you don’t have crumbs, you can use a food processor to finely chop graham crackers. I like using Honey Graham Crackers.
    • Finely chopped pecans – Use a food processor to blend the pecans until they are chopped very fine. Pecans can be purchased at the grocery store or in a bulk food store like Bulk Barn or in the bulk department at Sprouts.
    • Salt
    • Unsalted butter
    • Maple syrup – I like real maple syrup. Maple Lifestyle has some yummy maple syrups.
    • Rum extract – This is quite strong and a little goes a long way.
    • Light corn syrup
    • Semi-sweet chocolate baking bars
    Ingredients to make pecan pie balls.

    How to Make Pecan Pie Balls

    • Step One: In a large bowl, combine the pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, salt, butter, maple syrup, rum extract and corn syrup until well mixed and slightly crumbly. Use your clean hands to make sure it’s well combined.
    Steps to make pecan pie balls.
    • Step Two: Use a cookie scoop to scoop out balls of the pecan mixture. Gently roll the balls until they are smooth. Be careful to not squeeze them too hard or they may fall apart.
    • Step Three: Place balls on a cutting board or a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the balls in the freezer for 1 hour.
    Steps to make pecan pie balls.
    • Step Four: Melt the chopped chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl at 30-second intervals until smooth.
    • Step Five: Drop the pecan balls, one at a time, into the melted chocolate and then roll them around until they are evenly coated. Set the balls back on the parchment paper and top with a few pecan pieces before the chocolate sets.
    Steps to make pecan pie balls.
    • Step Six: Let the pecan balls sit until the chocolate coating fully sets. You can put them in the freeze for a few minutes (5 to 10 minute should do the trick) to help them set faster. Serve at room temperature.
    Steps to make pecan pie balls.

    Equipment Needed

    What to Serve with Pecan Pie Truffles

    Pecan pie balls on a plate.

    What is the Best Serving Temperature?

    I prefer to serve them chilled, but you can also enjoy the at room temperature. Just make sure they don’t get too warm or you will have messy chocolate fingers. Not that it’s a bad thing!

    Variations and Substitutions

    • Use molasses (not blackstrap molasses!) instead of light corn syrup for a richer flavor
    • Use salted butter instead of unsalted butter. However, you should omit the salt if you use salted butter.
    • Use vanilla extract, maple extract or almond extract instead of rum extract. 
    • Try dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar.
    • Use chocolate chips or chocolate almond bark instead of the chocolate baking bar. 
    • Add a splash of bourbon to the mixture for a boozy treat.
    Pecan pie balls on a plate with a bite out of the top ball.

    Recipe Tips and Tricks

    • Be careful when you are melting the chocolate that you don’t overcook it and it seizes. You can melt the chocolate in a small glass (or heat-proof) bowl in the microwave at 30 second increments. Alternatively, you can use a double boiler on the stovetop to melt it.
    • Chop the pecans, graham crackers and brown sugar together in the food processor to save time mixing.
    • Use mini-muffin liners to serve the pecan balls so the chocolate doesn’t get too messy.
    • Use a medium cookie scoop (1 ½ tablespoons). You can use a smaller or larger cookie scoop, but it will result in a different number of pecan pie balls.
    • Use two forks or tongs to roll the and remove the pecan balls from the chocolate mixture.
    • Don’t leave the pecan pie balls in a warm spot too long. The chocolate will become soft and melty. It’s best to store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
    Pecan Pie Balls on a platter.

    Storage Instructions

    Store the pecan pie truffles in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

    You can also freeze this treat! Store in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge before serving.

    Can I Use White Chocolate?

    Yes, you sure can! Use a white chocolate baking bar or white chocolate almond bark in place of the semi-sweet chocolate baking bars. Why not make a batch of both varieties?

    Why Is My Pecan Mixture Crumbly?

    If you are finding the pecan mixture too crumbly and it’s not holding together well, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water until it becomes easier to form into balls.

    A pecan pie with a bite out of it showing the inside.

    More Pecan Desserts

    You’ll love these covered Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls.

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    4.72 from 7 votes

    Pecan Pie Balls

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 25 balls
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Freeze Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
    The best easy no-bake snack that tastes just like pecan pie. These bite-sized treats are rich and sweet with a nutty crunch.

    Ingredients
     
     

    • 2 cups pecans finely chopped
    • cup graham cracker crumbs
    • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
    • ¼ tsp salt
    • cup unsalted butter melted
    • ¼ cup pure maple syrup
    • ½ tsp rum extract
    • 1 tbsp light corn syrup
    • 4 semi-sweet chocolate baking bars (4oz) chopped

    Instructions

    • In a large bowl, combine the pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, salt, butter, maple syrup, rum extract and corn syrup until well mixed and slightly crumbly. Use your clean hands to make sure it's well combined.
    • Use a cookie scoop to scoop out balls of the pecan mixture. Gently roll the balls until they are smooth. Be careful to not squeeze them too hard or they may fall apart.
    • Lay out the balls on a cutting board or a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place the balls in the freezer for 1 hour.
    • Melt the chopped chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl until smooth.
    • Drop the pecan balls, one at a time, into the chocolate and then roll them around until they are evenly coated. Set the balls back on the parchment paper and top with a few pecan pieces before the chocolate sets.
    • Let the pecan balls sit until the chocolate fully sets. You can put them in the freeze for a few minutes (5 to 10 minute should do the trick) to help them set faster. Serve at room temperature.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 148kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 41mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 82IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword no bake desserts, pecan pie balls

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    5 Comments

    1. Margie barker says:

      What can I use on outside, to mimic taste of crust? I use melting chips a lot but don’t like chocolate with pecan pie.
      bark is too sweet.

      1. Maybe crushed graham crackers? I’m not really sure because I’ve never tried it without the chocolate.

    2. Norma Gibson says:

      5 stars
      I made the No-Bake Pecan Pie Balls and they turned out perfect! They are so good & the girls were over the
      past week and said they were better than pecan pie. I used a very good dark melting chocolate & want to try
      a lighter chocolate next time. They keep very well in a lock & lock container. Thank you for such an easy and
      good candy.

    3. Could I substitute crush Vanilla Wafer?

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