01 May 2013

No Bake Pecan Pie Truffles


A few weeks ago I started running.  It's not something I ever imagined myself doing, unless being chased by something life threatening, but I am really enjoying it.  It's a great stress relief and the whole runner's high thing is totally real and super-awesome.  I needed to go running today and had a lot on my plate (as usual), so I asked my husband if he would write my post.  This is how his post would have read:

"I made a fucking cake....Woo hoo."  

Now read that statement dripping with sarcasm and lots of unnecessary eye rolling.  You get the idea.  These little lovelies aren't a cake, but they are totally delicious and won't get you my husband's delightful eye-rolling reception, unless it's eyes rolling back in people's heads in ecstasy.  They did get quite a lot of that.  They're totally easy, but be prepared to get messy -- the whole rolling into balls part is super messy and sticky, but is quite a lot of fun. If you've ever made chocolate truffles, then you are familiar with this mess, as making these is quite similar to making truffles.

The base to these cookies truffles is a bit of a trick.  The base is dates.  No one would ever guess since these taste just like little bites of pecan pie.  Dates are one of my favorite foods in the entire universe.  I would eat them like candy if I could get away with it.  Granted, they are better for me than candy, but have almost as much sugar.  So, putting them in cookies might give the illusion of some healthfulness, seeing as how they're majority fruit, but they are completely sugary sweet and unbelievably delicious.


Combine some butter, egg yolks, sugar, and dates in a saucepan.  Bring it all to a boil, but be sure to stir it.  You don't need to stir it constantly, but don't walk away for too long or you'll end up with chunks of cooked egg yolk.  That's not so appetizing.


After cooking, your mixture will look a lot like the frosting for German chocolate cake sans the coconut.




Stir in pecans, cereal, and vanilla.  Let it cool for a while -- until you can comfortably hold chunks and roll them into balls.


Roll it into balls.  Don't get too OCD about the gunk on your hands.  You'll end up washing your hands approximately 50 times during this step if you do.


The roll the sticky little balls of goo in whichever something you want to roll them in.  These are rolled in graham cracker crumbs.  I also rolled some in cocoa powder, cinnamon sugar, turbinado (raw or muscavado) sugar, or coconut.  You can pick one or try 'em all.


No Bake Pecan Pie Truffles
makes about 60 cookies


8 Tbsp (1 stick) butter
8 oz pitted, chopped dates
2 egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup crisp rice cereal
1 cup chopped pecans
1 tsp vanilla extract
turbinado sugar, graham cracker crumbs, cocoa powder, coconut, or cinnamon sugar for rolling

In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter, dates, egg yolks, and sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in rice cereal, pecans, and vanilla extract.  Stir and let cool.  When the mixture is cool enough to handle, roll into small balls then roll in turbinado sugar, graham cracker crumbs, cocoa powder, coconut, or cinnamon sugar to coat.  Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.




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