Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Chocolate Pecan Pie Truffles: Chocolate Pecan Pie Day!

Today is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day! Well, that's Derby Pie to me, because Pecan Pie is all about the chocolate, corn syrup, pecans--and bourbon! I posted a Recipe Round-up of Kentucky Derby Pie in May, just in time for the Kentucky Derby. I also posted great recipe for Frozen Chocolate Pecan Pie from my friend Emily Stashower. And, last November I posted a Recipe Round-up for Chocolate Pecan Pie. You see a pattern here. I love Pecan Pie!

So for today, I thought I'd post a recipe for Pecan Pie Truffles. The original recipe was from a 2012 issue of Southern Living for Kentucky Derby Truffles! I adapted the recipe slightly. This is such an easy recipe, and these are great! As always, use the very best ingredients for the best taste!


12 ounces dark chocolate (70-85% cacao), chopped
1 -1/2 Tbsp sweet cold butter, cubed
2 tsp Madagascar vanilla extract
9 Tbsp heavy cream
1/4 cup good Kentucky Bourbon
1 (5.3-oz.) package pure butter shortbread cookies, crushed  (I use Walker's)
2 cups finely chopped roasted, salted pecans

 Combine first 3 ingredients in large glass bowl. Cook cream and bourbon in small saucepan over medium heat 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is hot but not boiling. (Mixture will steam, and bubbles will form around edge of pan.) Pour cream mixture over chocolate. Let stand 1 minute.

Stir chocolate mixture until melted and smooth. (If mixture doesn't melt completely, microwave at HIGH 30 seconds.) Stir in crushed cookies. Cover and chill 3 hours or until firm.

Shape into 1-inch balls (about 2 tsp per ball). Roll in chopped pecans. Place on wax or parchment paper-lined baking sheets. Chill 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days.

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