Pecan Pie Balls

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The most delicious part of a pecan pie with a little kick! I’ve made them for Thanksgiving and several holidays. They were a huge success with everyone.

Especially for my healthy “portion controlled” friends! They appreciated the fact that they could have a scoop of pie instead of being served a piece of pie and eating only a small portion. Many people asked for an alcohol-free version: try the almond extract if you don’t like the taste of alcohol. You can also use an alcohol-free rum. Add a little water to get an equal amount of liquid. Vanilla wafers can be used as a substitute for graham crackers.

-For all those who are confused about alcohol and measuring substitutions, I just made them and they are EXTRAORDINARY! You need 1/4 C of rum, or 4 T. I divided the dough with the dry ingredients, vanilla and syrup added. The 3/4 went in one bowl, the 1/4 in another. Then I put 3 T of rum in the big bowl (3/4 of the liquid needed), mixed it and formed the balls to freeze them. I put 4-5 drops of rum flavor combined with enough water to make 1 T of total liquid, and added it to the small bowl (1/4 of the required liquid). Then, to keep it simple, I soaked the non-alcoholic ones in white bark and the rums in chocolate bark so that they could be distinguished. I dropped some cooking salt on some of them, and the plate is beautiful! Unfortunately, one of them didn’t fit on the plate, so I ate it. Oh yes. Perfect!

-It was surprisingly easy and fun to do, and the flavor is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Plus, I had enough left over after making both versions, with and without alcohol, to make almond bark and mint bark. Be careful not to make too big balls, and chop the nuts very finely so that they mix well. The trick to put water on your hands is very useful. Incredible recipe! A real keeper.

-They are incredibly delicious and so easy to make. I have a few suggestions for you: After mixing all the ingredients, set them aside for about half an hour so that the crumbs absorb the liquids and the mixture sticks better. I didn’t use the chocolate sauce and just sprinkled them with powdered sugar and a little bit of mixed cocoa. Best advice: use oven mitts to roll the balls. No sticking!

Serves: 24 balls

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