Pecan Balls: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making No-Bake Pecan Balls

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Pecan Balls: An Overview

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Pecan balls are a popular pecan confection – pecans rolled in powdered sugar and then dipped in melted chocolate. They can be made days or weeks in advance, making them a perfect addition to your holiday dessert table.

In this article, you'll learn how to make pecan balls – including the ingredients and tools you'll need. You'll also learn what pecan balls can be used for, and who they were created for. Let's get started!

Ingredients and Tools

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To make pecan balls, you'll need:

1 cup pecans

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

6 ounces chocolate chips

1 tablespoon shortening

You'll also need:

A food processor fitted with a steel blade

A large bowl

A small bowl

A fork

Wax paper

The Process

First, place the pecans in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process for about 30 seconds, or until the pecans are finely ground.

Add the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla extract to the pecans. Process for an additional 10 seconds, or until all of the ingredients are well combined.

Scoop out 1 tablespoon of the pecan mixture and roll it into a ball between your hands. Place the ball on a piece of wax paper. Repeat this process until all of the pecan mixtures are used up. You should have about 24 balls.

Place the chocolate chips and shortening in a small bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, or until the chocolate chips are melted.

Using a fork, dip each pecan ball into the melted chocolate. Be sure to coat all sides of the ball with chocolate. Place the balls back on the wax paper.

Let the pecan balls sit at room temperature for about 1 hour, or until the chocolate has hardened. Store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Who Pecan Balls Were Created For

Pecan balls were first created in the early 1900s by Mrs. George Huelster, who was known for her delicious pecan confections. This pecan ball recipe soon became a favorite of Southern cooks, and pecan balls were served during holidays right alongside pecan pie.

Pecan balls are common in the South today, but you can find them all over the United States during the holiday season. They're so delicious that they have become a popular treat to give out as gifts. In fact, pecan balls are so loved by many people that they've been featured in their own cookbook! So what's not to love about pecan balls?

The History of Pecans

Nowadays, pecans are considered an American nut—but it wasn't always this way. Before European settlers landed in North America, pecans didn't grow anywhere else in the world. In fact, pecans were so prized by Native Americans that they were used as a form of currency!

Pecans are a member of the hickory family, and there are over 70 different species of pecans. They grow all over the United States, but pecans from Texas and Louisiana are considered to be some of the best in the world.

Pecans are an excellent source of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. They're also low in carbs and calories, making them a perfect snack food. So next time you're looking for a healthy snack, reach for a pecan ball!

Now that you know all about pecan balls, it's time to get cooking!

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