Derby Pecan Truffles

Pecan truffles are the perfect no-bake dessert for the Kentucky Derby, Thanksgiving or Christmas! These bite-sized treats taste like chocolate pecan pie.
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 36 truffles
Author Haley D Williams


  • 1 5.3 oz (150 g) package pure butter shortbread cookies, crushed
  • 12 oz (340 g) semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (21 g) cold butter, cubed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 9 tablespoons (135 ml) heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) bourbon
  • 2 cups (250 g) finely chopped roasted, salted pecans


  • Place chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt chocolate in microwave for 3 minutes on 50% power level, stopping to stir everything 30 seconds. Set aside to cool slightly.
  • In a food processor, pulse shortbread cookies until they turn into fine crumbs. Add melted chocolate and pulse until combined. Add heavy cream, bourbon and vanilla, and pulse until combined.
  • Cover and chill 3 hours or until firm. (Mixture can be prepared and chilled up to 2 days ahead.)
  • Shape mixture into 1-inch balls (about 2 teaspoons per ball). Roll in chopped pecans. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheets. Chill 1 hour. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 5 days.