Here’s my last Christmas goodie recipe for the year. And it’s a doozie!
I don’t know how this got it’s name but I grew up with it at Christmas time every year. My mother always made it for my Daddy and he loved it. He loved anything with Eagle Brand milk:)
It’s very rich and very good.
2 boxes confectioners sugar
1 stick butter
1 can sweetened condensed milk
4 cups chopped pecans
1 t. vanillla flavoring
1/2 lb. semi-sweet chocolate squares (or choc. chips)
1 small piece of paraffin ( I use 1/4 of one block - they come four blocks to a box) - this is what makes it shiny and very pretty.
Combine sugar, butter, milk and vanilla (reserving some sugar to use on hands in rolling out balls). Beat well till creamy. Blend in pecans. Chill about an hour. Roll into balls the size of walnuts using additional sugar on hands. Return to refrigerator to chill again. Melt chocolate and paraffin in microwave till smooth and creamy. Dip balls into chocolate mixture one piece at a time, holding each with a toothpick. Place onto waxed paper.
Here’s the mixture in my bowl. I tried to roll the balls before chilling the dough and they are not as pretty. Daisy Danna is a professional candy maker (at least in the Daisy arena) and she told me about chilling before and after rolling and it made all the difference in the world.
When you chill them after rolling they don’t fall apart when they hit that hot chocolate mixture.
I used a spoon to dip these instead of a toothpick. The toothpick works better to cover the whole ball.
I put mine in little mini muffin cups that were Christmasy and sprinkled them with these Christmas sprinkles. You can leave this step off completely and believe me they will still be eaten.
Aren’t they pretty! I loved doing this!
Bakers tip: Don’t be in a hurry ~ this takes a little time.
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!!!