If you make chocolate, they will come! Yes, it’s true, for me anyway. I will go for anything chocolate on the dessert table above anything else, any time of the day, any day of the year.
These fabulous little nuggets of heaven taste amazing, and they are super easy to make. Aren’t they pretty on this beautiful serving tray too?
If you are looking for something just a little bit different for this year’s dessert table, give these delicious truffles a try. Then grab a cup of coffee and devour away!
Pecan Pie Truffles
- 2½ c. pecans, toasted and finely chopped
- 1 c. graham cracker crumbs
- 1 c. light brown sugar
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 tbsp. maple syrup
- ¼ c. light corn syrup
- 1½ tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 pkg. Candiquik candy coating, white chocolate or chocolate or combination
- In a medium bowl combine the pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, and salt.
- Add maple syrup, corn syrup, and vanilla and mix well.
- Refrigerate mixture for 15 minutes.
- Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Remove pecan mixture from the refrigerator and roll into 1-inch balls. (I use a scoop to get all of the truffles the same size.) Place on the wax paper and return to the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Melt Candiquik according to package directions.
- Coat truffles with chocolate and return to the wax paper. Return to the refrigerator to allow the coating to harden.
The first taste of this fantastic Homemade Payday Candy took me back 40 years or more. Back to a time when I could walk to the Beeler’s store with my cousins for a Coke and candy bar. Those were the days! We didn’t even need money because we would put it on daddy’s tab. The gas tab that he would keep and pay at the end of the month. The one that would undoubtedly have a few surprises on it when he went in to pay.
This candy is one of the easiest candy recipes you’ll ever make. Waiting for the candy to chill is the hardest part! The Payday candy would be a great recipe to get the kids involved. With only five ingredients and the microwave, you will be licking the bowl in a matter of minutes!
Homemade Payday Candy
- 1 (16-oz.) salted cocktail peanuts
- 2 c. peanut butter chips
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 (14-oz.) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (10.5-oz.) bag mini marshmallows
- Spray a 9 x 13-inch pan with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle 1 c. peanuts on the bottom of the pan, set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, heat peanut butter chips and butter in 30-second increments on 50% power, stirring after each, until melted.
- Stir sweetened condensed milk into the chips and microwave on high power for 1 more minute. Stir until smooth and combined.
- Fold the marshmallows into the peanut butter chips mixture until evenly coated. Pour over the peanuts in the pan. Spreading even with a spatula, try not to disturb the peanuts.
- Press the remaining 1 c. nuts into the marshmallow mixture. Cover and chill for at least one hour.
- Cut into squares.
You may substitute salted dry-roasted peanuts for the cocktail peanuts if you prefer.
Katy, a little girl in the sixth grade from Charlotte, North Carolina, enjoys helping out in the kitchen. Some of Katy’s favorite recipes to make are from Not Just Sunday Dinner. A few of her NJSD favorites are Nan’s Easy Skillet Apple Pie and Pizza Dip, two of my favorites also! Katy recently shared this yummy candy recipe with me. These no bake peanut butter M&M balls are simple and addicting! They are the prefect snack to serve at your Easter egg hunts or any other Easter gathering.
I increased the powdered sugar measurement from 2 1/2 cups to 3 3/4 cups because I felt they were easier to roll. Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipe, Katy! I look forward to you sharing many new recipes with me.
No Bake Peanut Butter M&M Balls
- 1½ c. creamy peanut butter
- ½ c. melted unsalted butter
- 3¾ c. powdered sugar
- Heaping ½ c. M & M's candies
- 1 c. milk chocolate chips
- 1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Place peanut butter and butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 1 minute. Stir mixture until smooth. Heat 15 to 30 seconds longer if you need to.
- Add powdered sugar and mix well. Add M & M's and stir.
- Roll into balls and place on a parchment paper lined pan. Place in the refrigerator while you prepare the chocolate coating.
- Place chips in a microwaveable bowl and heat on high for 1 minutes. Stir and continue heating in 15-20 second intervals, stirring after each, until the chocolate is completely smooth.
- Dip peanut butter balls in chocolate, allowing excess to drip back into the bowl. Place on prepared pan and place back in the refrigerator until set.
- Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
My kids have loved strawberry frosting since they were small. Not just any strawberry frosting, though, store-bought strawberry frosting. One of their favorite snacks was chocolate Teddy Grahams dipped in strawberry frosting. (I suppose they’ll be wanting that “mother-of-the-year” award back when that gets out!) Yes, I would let my kids have that as a treat occasionally. Not daily, but every once in a while.
A few years ago I found this recipe for 2-Ingredient Fudge on cookiesandcups.com. One of the ingredients was a can of strawberry frosting! It is a huge hit every time I make it. This fudge is perfect for Valentine’s Day and an easy recipe to get the little kiddo’s involved in making too.
2-Ingredient Valentine's Fudge
- 1 (16-oz.) can strawberry frosting
- 1 (12-oz.) bag white chocolate chips
- Prepare a 9 x 9-inch pan by spraying lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
- Set your microwave at 50% power. Microwave the chocolate in 20-30 second intervals, mixing with a completely dry utensil between every heating session. Chocolate actually retains it’s shape when heated this way, so you need to mix it to test it’s structural integrity. If you are able to mix most of your chocolate smoothly, just keep mixing, as the remaining chips will likely melt.
- Decrease the intervals in which you heat the chocolate with every session. From 30, go to 20, and 15, and 10, and so on. The line between perfectly heated and very badly heated chocolate is much finer than you might expect.
- Stir in the strawberry frosting until mixed well.
- Spread into the prepared pan. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
- Cut into squares and serve.
Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Tips for perfectly melted chocolate in the microwave are thanks to Yummly.