Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Truffles

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Truffles

I don’t usually do recipes on here. But hey, it’s just another type of creative outlet, right? Plus, this one is just too tasty not to share! 

Thanksgiving desserts seem to be split into two very distinct camps:

1. Pumpkin pie

2. Pecan pie

Or, if you’re like me, there’s totally a third option:

3. ALL THE PIE!

I like pie. Pie is yummy. And pecan pie can only be made better by adding CHOCOLATE and BOOZE! Last year, I found such a recipe on Pinterest (ahh, lovely Pinterest) and decided to make it for Thanksgiving: Mini Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pies via Freutcake.

They. Were. Delicious.

But.

The gluten free pie shell I used felt too heavy for the recipe (I avoid gluten like the plague. Autoimmune disorders for the win!!!) However, the filling was absolute perfection, so I tried to think of another way I could make these that would A) NOT cause me all kinds of issues and B) still be very tasty.

Thus, Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Truffles were born! Let’s just say that my dear father couldn’t stop sneaking a truffle (or three!) here and there all through Thanksgiving until they were gone. 🙂

Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie Truffles

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2+ tablespoons Bourbon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) pecans, chopped small
  • 1-2 bags semi-sweet chocolate chips (can sub out dark or white chocolate, as well)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a large bowl mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, salt, bourbon and vanilla using a wooden spoon. Stir in pecans and chocolate chips.
  3. Pour filling into a lightly greased 8 x 8 baking pan.
  4. Bake on center rack of oven for 40-45 minutes. Filling is done when center surface springs back when lightly tapped. Allow filling to cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Drop filling in spoonfuls onto a large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (I use one of those small cookie scoops – it helps to get it in a truffle-like shape).
  6. Once all the filling has been transferred, place the cookie sheet in the freezer for approximately 1 hour.
  7. Once the truffles are ready, melt the bag of chocolate chips.
  8. Dip each truffle into the melted chocolate. Cover completely.
  9. Transfer the truffles back to the cookie sheet lined with parchment.
  10. Allow the truffles to harden. (You can speed up the process by placing them in the refrigerator or freezer.)

(View the original recipe here.)

I hope you enjoy them – and definitely let me know what you think!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

This week, I will be disconnecting from the inter-webs to spend time with my wonderful family. (Well, as much as I possibly can. I mean, let’s be honest.) Before I go, I just wanted to share this very important Thanksgiving message!

Thanks to each and every one of you. Your words of praise and encouragement mean the world to me. Your sincere interest in my work is what keeps me creating. 

So, whether you celebrate the holiday or not. Whether you are from right here in America or far across the ocean – Happy Thanksgiving! Because the holiday, to me, is about giving thanks – and YOU are the thing I am most grateful for. 

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My favorite things about autumn (& fun things to do when the weather starts to turn)

My favorite things about autumn (& fun things to do when the weather starts to turn)

I miss autumn on the east coast.

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That crisp air and the crinkling of leaves underfoot. Red, amber, orange, and gold that explodes in a kaleidoscope of color everywhere I turn. The biting scent of burning firewood from chimneys and outdoor fire pits. Scarves and warm fabrics; heavy boots and sweaters. Pumpkin everything.

Back in my hometown, you are completely immersed in the fall season. The leaves pile high enough to jump into. Once the weather turns cold, it sticks to you and lingers. Cold turns colder. Frost covers every surface . Every waking moment, you are reminded of the season. Halloween seems a tangible, real thing. Pumpkins and pumpkin spice are the norm.

Okay, so living down south still has a lot of those things. Certainly the pumpkin. But, it’s hard to enjoy fall when the mornings are frigid but, by midday, the temperature has shot up 40 or 50 degrees and the afternoons turn sweltering hot. (Mother Nature has a serious case of menopause down here.)

Alabama autumns just aren’t the same.

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In Alabama, the trees hold onto their leaves until the last possible second. There are brief flashes of color interspersed within the green, until one day late in the season – the leaves fall in great bunches, leaving the branches bare for winter. No kaleidoscope. Just a spark that extinguishes when winter rolls in.

Halloween makes less sense to me in that warm Alabama weather. Pumpkins and pumpkin spice seems a bit forced.Although I am jealous of the kids in this area. (Insert old granny voice) When I was that age, we fought tooth and nail every year NOT to have to wear a winter coat over our costumes. Here, it’s so nice out that they usually don’t need any jacket at all. Many times I remember my friends and I (unsuccessfully) trying to squeeze out coats underneath the costume. Marshmallow ballerinas, puffy superheroes, policemen that looked like that had one too many donuts… it was truly a sight to behold.

But, north or south, east or west, autumn is still my favorite time of year. If you’re like me, autumn is the perfect time to reflect. It is a time of creative renewal. I get my second wind, and the ideas start rolling in.

Here are some fun things to do to keep you in a creative, artistic mindset (and maybe a jumping off point for some great new projects!):

Now that you are in the right mindset, take this time to think about your favorite fall things. Maybe jot them down, describe them in detail. Try out one of the ideas above. Snap photos. Journal. Mind map some new ideas.

While you are delving into all these creative outlets – what are your favorite things about autumn? And, what sort of things do you like to create during this season? Post them in the comments below!

Some days, I just need a hug

Some days, I just need a hug

Some days, I just need a hug.

We all know those days.

Nothing goes right, your hair frizzes, the cat pukes on the carpet (and you step in it), you hit your funny bone climbing out of the car, you spend five minutes searching for your phone when it’s in your hand the entire time… (Yes. All of that has really happened to me.)

By the end of it all, I drag my weary body and soul through that door, slip into my comfiest pajamas, and wander aimlessly around the kitchen in search of chocolate. I then turn to my husband and pout. “I want a hug,” I say, trying to look as pathetic as humanly possible.

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Here’s the problem: Steve does not do comfort. He does humor. His new favorite thing to do is to hold me at arm’s length and do that thing Baymax does in Big Hero 6. He turns all cloying and sugary sweet and, in an overly dramatic gesture, pats me gently on the head.

 

Steve likes to do this little thing where he pats my head and says, "There. There." like Disney's Baymax

Yes, it’s funny. Yes, I freaking love Baymax and it’s adorable when he does it. No, I do not want my husband doing it when I’m seeking comfort and solace. I want a hug and I want it NAOW!

So, I usually take matters into my own hands.

When provoked, I can be quite an aggressive hugger.

Hey, I’m not above taking what I want. 😉

 

Girls’ Globe — Discover

Girls’ Globe — Discover

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The Girls’ Globe website is the central hub of an international network of bloggers and activists who fight gender inequality and promote women’s and girls’ rights around the world.

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I think this is a wonderful idea, and I thoroughly applaud those who helped bring something like this together. Definitely go check it out!

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