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Maple Nut Balls

I created these chocolate-dipped delights a few years ago, and already they've become a seasonal favorite with all my friends and family members. The creamy confection also won a blue ribbon at our state fair.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons maple flavoring
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons shortening

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and maple flavoring until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar and mix well. Stir in pecans. Shape into 1-in. balls. Cover and refrigerate for 1-1/2 hours or until firm.
  • In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate mixture; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper until set. Store in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 119 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 22mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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