Something pretty awesome happened over the weekend.
I made roasted, salted, pecan butter and then I covered it with chocolate to make some pretty awesome truffles. Well, actually I am not sure it is really a truffle. More like chocolate covered pecan butter balls, but I just really like the word truffle. It sounds fancy…….and Christmassy!
On Saturday and I am not really sure why. I made Pecan Butter. For the first time. Whoa! I can not believe I have never made this before. Two words easy and delicious.
Honestly, I am not really sure when I decided to turn the pecan butter, that I very randomly decided to make, into chocolate covered balls, err I mean truffles.
It was kind of like a light bulb went off and my head. Then that light bulb would not shut of until I made the truffles. So I did it. Really did I have another choice?
The dough is so creamy and moist. Not dry at all. Very, very creamy. So creamy that in order to cover the balls with chocolate you have to freeze the dough balls so they can harden up a bit. Then you dunk, and yes I mean dunk, those balls in some melted chocolate. I am talking complete coverage. not half, not 3/4, submerge those creamy little presents! I mean why on earth would you want a bite without chocolate? Yeah, I got you thinking now didn’t I?
Obviously, these truffles are dangerous.
Stopping with just one. Or two. Or three. It is just not possible.
- 3 cups raw pecans
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3- 4 cups chocolate chip (semi-sweet or milk)
Pour the pecans into a large skillet and toast, stirring often, over medium, heat until fragrant. This will take about 4 to 8 minutes.
Pour the toasted pecans into a food processor and blend, pausing to scrape down the sides with a spatula often. It will be crumbly at first, but will eventually blend into super-creamy goodness after five to fifteen minutes (mine took about 6 minutes).
Add a pinch of kosher salt. Blend again, taste, and add more salt if needed.
Dump the pecan butter into a large bowl, or bowl of a stand mixer, beat the pecan butter and butter until combined. add vanilla and beat until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and beat until combined. The dough will not be stiff.
Line two baking sheets with wax paper.
Using a teaspoon size spoon, scoop the dough onto the baking sheets. Try to be as neat as possible, you want a somewhat round shape.
Freeze the balls for 45 minutes to an hour.
While freezing, melt chocolate chips in a double boiler or microwave (stirring every 30 seconds).
Remove one pan of pecan butter balls from freezer( if you would like to shape your balls better, now is the time, but do so quickly) and immediately dip, covering the ball completely in chocolate. Repeat with the remaining pan.
Refrigerate until ready to serve – at least 25 minutes. If desired drizzle with melted chocolate before serving.
I mean really…. salty and sweet pecan butter and chocolate.
*I am entering these Chocolate Covered Pecan Butter Truffles in the Creative Holiday Recipe Contest hosted by Confessions of a Cookbook Queen and Cookies and Cups!“
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