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Maple Nut Balls

 Maple Nut Balls
I created these chocolate-dipped delights a few years ago, and already they've become a seasonal favorite with all my friends and family members. The creamy confection also won a blue ribbon at our state fair.
42 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and maple flavoring until light and
  • fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and mix well. Stir in
  • pecans. Shape into 1-in. balls. Cover and refrigerate for 1-1/2
  • hours or until firm.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until
  • smooth. Dip balls in chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off.
  • Place on waxed paper until set. Store in the refrigerator. Yield:
  • about 3-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 119 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 22 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.