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Pecan Pie Truffles

Looking for something different to serve this holiday season? How about some Pecan Pie Truffles! Easy to make and reminiscent of the classic pecan pie, these nutty truffles fly off the table faster than you can say “pecan”.

Our readers love fun twists on a classic pecan pie. For example, you can make this layered Pecan Pie Cake or give these delicious Pecan Pie Cheesecake Bars a try this holiday season!

Pecan pie truffles on colorful napkin topped with a pecan halve.

Easier than Pecan Pie

How do you feel about Pecan Pie?

Some of my friends say they can’t imagine Thanksgiving without it.

Then I have those folks in my circle who take a hard pass on Pecan Pie and skip straight for the Pumpkin Pie, Apple Pie or the Pumpkin Cheesecake.

These truffles, along with being a little different than your typical holiday dessert, are the perfect compromise. Pecan Pie lovers get the nutty crunch and caramelized taste of the traditional pie. Chocolate addicts like me get their fix.

Plus, truffles make a great handheld dessert option! No plates or utensils required.

Ingredient Notes

  • Pecans – You’ll need pecans to create the body of the truffle AND extra pecan halves for topping each one.
  • Corn syrup – Karo light corn syrup, along with brown sugar, makes these taste just like everyone’s favorite pecan pie, while helping the nuts hold together.
  • Wafer cookies – Nilla wafers or a similar vanilla cookie are perfect
  • Candy coating – I use both chocolate melting wafers and vanilla wafers for dipping the truffles to give them some variety. You can use all chocolate or all vanilla if preferred.

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1. Make the truffle centers

Pulse the pecans and the cookies in a food processor to form crumbs. Mix the crumbs with the corn syrup, brown sugar and vanilla in a bowl using a spoon.

STEP 2. Freeze

Scoop this filling by the tablespoon on to a parchment lined baking sheet. Use your hands to form each scoopful into a smooth ball shape. Freeze for 30 minutes or until firm.

Pecan Pie Truffles in a blue bowl with corn syrup and pecans in background.

STEP 3. Dip

Melt the candy wafers in separate bowls. Use a toothpick to dip the frozen truffle centers into the candy coating. I did half of them in the vanilla and half in chocolate.

While the chocolate is still soft, top each truffle with a pecan half (to cover the toothpick hole).

STEP 4. Set

Put the dipped truffles back on the baking sheet and let set until the chocolate is firm! Enjoy immediately or transfer them to an airtight container.

Tips and Tricks

  • Make ahead: You can keep the truffle centers frozen for a couple of days before dipping in the chocolate. If you’re making the centers ahead of time, transfer them to a container once set to avoid a “freezer burn” taste.
  • Work in batches: The chocolate sets up much quicker if the truffle centers are still ice cold from the freezer. I like to work in two batches. Dip half the truffles in the chocolate coating while the other half stays in the freezer. Then repeat with the second batch.
  • Storing: You can store these either in the fridge to enjoy cold OR at room temperature, tightly covered. I love them best cold! Enjoy within a week for best flavor and texture.
Pecan Pie Truffles: delicious bites of pecan pie in a chocolate truffle coating! #ThinkFisher

Recipe FAQs

Why is my pecan mixture crumbly?

This is normal! Use your hands to press the mixture together as you’re forming the truffle balls. The corn syrup get sticky from the warmth of your hands and help the balls hold together.

Can I make pecan pie truffles without the corn syrup?

I have yet to find any ingredient that works as well as corn syrup, both for mimicking the flavor of classic pecan pie recipes and for holding the truffles together.

Do pecan pie truffles need to be kept in the refrigerator?

Nope! While I like truffles cold, you can definitely keep these at room temperature and they’ll be just fine.

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Yield: 36 truffles

Pecan Pie Truffles

Prep Time 1 hour
Chill Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes

Looking for something different to serve this holiday season? How about some Pecan Pie Truffles!

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1 cup vanilla wafer cookies
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 10oz Ghirardelli white chocolate wafers
  • 10oz Ghiaradelli dark chocolate wafers
  • 40 pecan halves

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, pulse pecans and cookies until fine crumbs. Pour into a large bowl. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until fully combined.
  2. Using a one tablespoon scoop, drop scoops onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet (that is freezer safe). Once all scoops have been formed, roll each scoop into a nice smooth ball with your hands. Transfer baking sheet to freezer for about 30 minutes.
  3. When ready, melt white chocolate and dark chocolate wafers in separate bowls according to package directions.
  4. Using a toothpick, dip cold truffle into either vanilla or chocolate. Tap on side of bowl to remove excess. Place back on parchment paper, remove toothpick and top with a pecan halve (to cover the toothpick hole). Repeat until all truffles are dipped.
  5. I like to work in two stages. It's easier if the truffles remain very cold. So I do half of them while the other half is still in the freezer. Then I work on the second half.Store truffles in an air tight container for up to 10 days. I like them best served cold, but room temperature is delicious too!

Notes

  • Crumbly: When making the truffles, the mixture will be crumbly. Use the heat from your hands to bring the truffle together by rolling it between your hands (will get sticky).
  • Make ahead: You can keep the truffle centers frozen for a couple of days before dipping in the chocolate. If you're making the centers ahead of time, transfer them to a container once set to avoid a "freezer burn" taste.
  • Work in batches: The chocolate sets up much quicker if the truffle centers are still ice cold from the freezer. I like to work in two batches. Dip half the truffles in the chocolate coating while the other half stays in the freezer. Then repeat with the second batch.
  • Storing: You can store these either in the fridge to enjoy cold OR at room temperature, tightly covered. I love them best cold! Enjoy within a week for best flavor and texture.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1 truffle

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 176Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 14gProtein: 2g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on November 3, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. It would help to know the measurement of the cookie CRUMBS for those of us who are using other cookies. Also brown rice syrup is a good sub for corn syrup.

  2. The recipe calls for 1 cup of vanilla wafers…king of hard to measure out a cup of cookies! Would help if you just had a count of cookies – say 12 cookies or 14 cookies whatever. But I do measure the cookies before pulsing, correct?

  3. These look yummy ! I’m not totally pie crust challenged but am one of those people without a food processor. So these truffles must remain in my dreams! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. I love these, my husband loves them even more! I make them every year and as soon as Halloween passes he starts asking me to make them. I only make them with the white chocolate. There are still amazing.

  5. I love these ingredients but I’m having a hard time with forming these into balls. They crumble apart so easily. Is there some trick?

    1. Make sure your hands are warm. The warmth of your hands helps it form! The mixture is crumbly, then as you work it in your hands it will come together! If you absolutely have to, you can add a touch more corn syrup.

  6. I made these and really had a hard time getting the mixture to adhere together. I had a mess on my hands, the counter, but I did manage to get a few together. I had to add more Karo syrup.

    1. Hmmm. The heat from my hands was all I needed to get these to roll properly, more karo syrup would actually make them even stickier and messier.

    1. Once they have been dipped, you can refrigerate them. Not sure I would freeze them as they can expand and the outer shell would crack.

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