Don't want to make a Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving? Make these instead -- Chocolate Pecan Pie Truffles. This recipe is adapted from a 2012 issue of Southern Living for Kentucky Derby Truffles! As always, use the very best ingredients for the best flavor!
CHOCOLATE PECAN PIE TRUFFLES
12 ounces dark chocolate (65-75% cacao), chopped
1 -1/2 Tbsp unsalted cold butter, cubed
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
9 Tbsp heavy cream
1/4 cup good Kentucky Bourbon
1 (5.3 ounce) 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 on 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 airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days.