Maple Nut Balls
Total TimePrep: 25 min. + chilling
Makesabout 3-1/2 dozen
- 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
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 each: 119 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 22mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.
Nov 15, 2010
If you love maple sugar candy as much as I do, these little balls of sappy-sweet heaven will be right up your alley. I followed the recipe as exactly as directed, except I toasted the pecans firt (which I highly recommend to accentuate their flavor). Next time I make these, however, I think I may substitute dark chocolate baking chips for the milk chocolate chips the recipe called for; I found the milk chocolate a little too sweet, and I think the slight tannin bitterness of dark will both offset and compliment the sweet maple filling perfectly. Also, if you prepare this recipe, make sure the pecans you use are finely chopped; I used a cup of coarsely chopped pecans, which made rolling the filling into balls slightly more difficult. I also think using finely chopped pecans would result in a more even and balanced distribution of nuts throughout the maple filling. Overall, though, this is an outstanding recipe and I will definitely make these again!
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