Rich with a nutty and sweet caramel filling, these Pecan Pie Truffles are full of crunchy goodness that’s only surpassed by dipping them in a luscious chocolate coating, making them a decadent no-bake alternative to a traditional pecan pie.
These truffles are everything you love about pecan pie but in an adorable bite-sized form. When you love desserts as much as I do, it’s not always the best thing to have an entire slice of pecan pie or a piece of pecan cobbler cake in the middle of the day, so having a little sweet ball of nutty and chocolate delight is the perfect compromise.
Also known as pecan bliss balls, these truffles are so easy to make that you may skip the pie altogether! And don’t let the melting and dipping in chocolate part scare you – just use my simple method for dipping and they’ll come out beautifully.
Indulge your craving for pecan pie with these chocolate-wrapped bites of nutty delight that are a crowd-pleasing way to enjoy a holiday favorite.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
There are so many reasons to make these scrumptious pecan treats! Here are just a few:
- It’s a quick, no-bake dessert.
- Pecan Pie truffles are easier than making an actual pie but just as delicious.
- They are perfect as hostess gifts or food gifts for friends and family.
Pecans – Grind the pecans into a fine texture so they’ll mix well with the rest of the ingredients.
Graham Cracker Crumbs – Crush the graham crackers with a rolling pin or give them a few pulses in your food processor so they’ll mix well for the truffle balls.
Butter – Use either salted or unsalted.
Brown Sugar – Use either light or dark.
Molasses – I use unsulfured molasses. This is what gives the truffles that classic pecan caramel-like texture and flavor when mixed with brown sugar and butter.
Cinnamon – Ground cinnamon adds that cozy spiciness.
Pure Vanilla Extract – Vanilla helps bring all the flavors together with its deliciousness.
Almond Bark – Milk chocolate and white chocolate almond barks are melted, separately, so you can dip half the truffles in each for a little variation for this scrumptious pecan pie treat.
Sprinkles And Extra Pecans – for decoration on top of the chocolate-dipped truffles.
How To Make Pecan Pie Truffles
Note: This is a summary of the recipe steps. For complete instructions, see the recipe card down below.
- Add the finely ground pecans and crushed graham crackers in a large bowl and mix with a spoon to combine.
- In a saucepan, over medium heat, melt the butter and add in the brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir continuously until the brown sugar has melted.
- Remove from the heat and pour it over the pecan and graham cracker mix. Stir to fully combine.
- Let the mixture cool before using a cookie scoop to form the mixture into truffle balls.
- Place the balls onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and freeze them for 2 hours.
- In separate bowls, melt the chocolate and white almond bark in the microwave. Melt in 30-second increments, stirring between, to ensure they melt smoothly.
- Once at a time, dip half of the frozen truffles in the white melted chocolate and the other half in the milk chocolate. Place them back on the parchment paper to set.
- Decorate the top of the truffles with pecans pieces and/or sprinkles. Let the candy coating harden up for at least 10 minutes before serving or storing.
How Do I Grind The Pecans?
The easiest way to get finely ground pecans is to throw them in a blender or food processor and give them a blitz. If you have a pulse option on your appliance, use that you so don’t end up pulverizing them into a paste.
You can also finely chop them with a sharp knife. You’ll get a little bit of a workout doing this, but if you’re handy with a knife and like a little more texture in these pecan truffles, this method will work, too.
- For a boozy truffle, add some bourbon or rum to the mix. To do so, substitute 4 of the tablespoons of molasses for 4 tablespoons of bourbon or rum.
- Instead of dipping the truffles in chocolate, you can just drizzle them with melted chocolate.
- Instead of dipping them in chocolate, dust them or roll them in cocoa powder.
How To Dip The Truffles In Chocolate
The easiest way to dip truffles in melted chocolate is to use the spoon, fork, and toothpick method.
- Once you’ve melted your chocolate and it’s still warm, use your fingers to pick up the truffle and drop it in the chocolate.
- Use a spoon to spoon the chocolate over the truffle to make sure it’s completely coated.
- Use a fork to scoop underneath the truffle and lift it out of the chocolate. Hold the truffle over the melted chocolate to let any excess drip back into the bowl. You can also gently tap the fork on the side of your bowl and then gently scrape the bottom of the fork on the side of the bowl to remove any remaining chocolate, being careful not to let the truffle fall back into the bowl.
- Use a toothpick to help push the chocolate-covered truffle back onto the parchment paper so that it doesn’t roll off the fork and mess up the smooth chocolate covering.
- Add any garnishes now so they’ll stick before the chocolate candy coating hardens.
Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to a week on the countertop.
You can also freeze the pecan pie truffles. Seal them in an airtight container. They will keep in the freezer for up to 2 months. Thaw before serving.
More Chocolate-Covered Treats
Rich with a nutty and sweet caramel filling, these Pecan Pie Truffles are full of crunchy goodness that's only surpassed by dipping them in a luscious chocolate coating, making them a decadent no-bake alternative to a traditional pecan pie.
- 2 1/2 cups pecans, finely ground
- 1 cup graham cracker crumbs (1 pack of 9 crackers crushed)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons molasses
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2-pounds white almond bark
- ½ pound chocolate almond bark
- Sprinkles and pecan halves for garnish, optional
- Gather all of the ingredients.
- In a large bowl combine your finely ground pecans and graham cracker crumbs.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the butter, brown sugar, molasses, cinnamon, and vanilla.
- Whisk until all the sugar is melted, about 5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the heat and pour over the pecan and graham cracker mix.
- Use a wooden spoon to help combine the mixture.
- When the mixture is cool enough to handle use a 1 ½ tablespoon cookie scoop and roll it into balls.
- Place the balls onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet.
- Freeze for 2 hours.
- In a microwave-safe bowl add the white almond bark and microwave in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth.
- Repeat with the chocolate almond bark.
- Working quickly dip half the truffles one at a time into the chocolate almond bark and half the truffles into the white almond bark.
- Place them back on the parchment paper.
- Top the chocolate ones with pecan halves and the white ones with sprinkles.
- Let the chocolate harden up for about 10 minutes.
Tips and Tricks for making Pecan Pie Truffles
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to one week.
- Make these pecan pie truffles boozy by substituting 4 tablespoons of molasses with 4 tablespoons of bourbon.
- Dp these in just white almond bark or just chocolate bark.
- If the truffle mixture is too dry just add a tablespoon of water to help it along.
- If the mixture is too sticky, wet your hands before rolling them into balls.
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2 Quart Saucepan
Stainless Steel Baloon Egg Whisk
Honey Maid Fresh Stacks Graham Crackers, 1 Box of 6 Stacks
C&H, Cane Sugar, Golden Brown, 2lb Bag (Pack of 2)
365 Everyday Value, Unsalted Butter, 16 oz
McCormick Ground Cinnamon, 2.37 oz
Rodelle Gourmet Pure Vanilla Extract, 8 Oz
Ifuerte 10-Piece Stainless Steel Measuring Cups and Spoons Set
Fall Leaves Shapes Bakery Topping Sprinkles
Great Value Chocolate Almond Bark, 24 oz
White Almond Bark Coating, Candy Coating, Microwaveable Almond Coating For Baking, Toppings, and Sweets (2-Pack)
Fisher Chef's Naturals Pecan Halves, 24 oz, Naturally Gluten Free, No Preservatives, Non-GMO
Amount Per Serving Calories 427Total Fat 34gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 3mgSodium 217mgCarbohydrates 26gFiber 7gSugar 15gProtein 11g