These miniature chocolate-pecan indulgences are the perfect ending to a romantic dinner.
ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
tiny paper candy cups
ounces semisweet baking chocolate, cut up
tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into pieces
cup whipping (heavy) cream
cup finely ground pecans
tablespoon praline liqueur or maple syrup
Melt candy coating in heavy 2-quart saucepan over very low heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Spread 1 teaspoon coating evenly on bottoms and up sides of paper cups. Let stand about 1 hour or until hardened.
Melt chocolate in heavy 2-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in remaining ingredients. Refrigerate about 35 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick and mounds when dropped from a spoon.
Spoon chocolate mixture into decorating bag with star tip. Pipe mixture into candy-coated cups. Refrigerate about 30 minutes or until chocolate mixture is firm. Peel paper from cups before serving if desired.
Cherry Truffle Cups: Omit pecans. Substitute 2 tablespoons cherry liqueur for the praline liqueur. Place candied cherry half in each cup before filling with chocolate mixture.
Crème de Menthe Truffle Cups: Substitute 1/4 cup finely ground almonds for the pecans and 2 tablespoons crème de menthe for the praline liqueur.
Raspberry Truffle Cups: Omit pecans. Substitute 2 tablespoons raspberry liqueur for the praline liqueur. Place fresh raspberry in each cup before filling with chocolate mixture.
You can find tiny paper candy cups in the baking section of most grocery stores. If your store doesn't carry them, check out a cake decorating supply store or mail-order company.
A food processor is the best tool for finely grinding pecans. Use quick pulses to avoid turning the pecans into an oily mess.
NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Serving Size: 1 Serving
- Calories from Fat
- 65 ),
% Daily Value
- Total Fat
- 7 g
- 7 %
- (Saturated Fat
- 4 g,
- 4 %
- 5 mg
- 5 %;
- 20 mg
- 20 %;
- Total Carbohydrate
- 10 g
- 10 %
- (Dietary Fiber
- 1 g
- 1 %
% Daily Value*:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Exchanges:1 Starch; 1 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.