Pecan Pie Balls

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The yummiest part of a Pecan Pie with a little kick! I made these for Thanksgiving and several holiday parties. They were a huge hit with all. Especially, for my healthy “portion controlled” friends! They liked the fact that they could have one pie ball instead of being served one slice of pie and only eating a small portion of it. A lot of people have asked about a non-alcoholic version: try almond extract if you do not like the taste of alcohol. You can also use a rum non-alcohol flavoring. Add a little water to equal liquid amount. Vanilla wafers can be subbed for graham crackers.
-For everyone confused about the alcohol and measuring the substitutions, I just made these and they are AMAZING! it calls for 1/4 C of rum, which is 4 T. I divided the dough with dry ingredients, vanilla and syrup added. 3/4 went to one bowl, 1/4 to another. Then I put 3 T of rum in the large bowl (3/4 of the required liquid), mixed it and formed the balls to freeze. I put 4-5 drops of Rum flavor combined with enough water to make 1 T total liquid, and added it to the small bowl (1/4 of the required liquid). Then, just to make it simple, i dipped the non-alcoholic ones in white bark and the rum ones in chocolate bark so we could tell them apart. I dropped a little course salt on some of them, and the plate is beautiful! Sadly, one of them didn’t fit on the plate, so I ate it. Oh ya. Perfection!
-This was surprisingly easy and fun to make, and the flavor is OUT OF THIS WORLD! Plus, I had enough left over after making both rum filled and non-alcoholic versions to make some almond bark and mint bark. Be careful not to make the balls too big, and chop the nuts very fine so it will mix up well. The hint to put water on your hands is very helpful. incredible recipe! A real keeper.
-These are incredibly delicious and so easy to make. I have a couple of suggestions: After mixing all the ingredients, set aside for about half an hour to let the crumbs absorb the liquids and make the mix stick together better. I skipped the chocolate dip and simply dusted them in confectioner’s sugar with a bit of cocoa mixed in. Best hint: use food prep gloves to roll the balls. No sticking!

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