Maple Nut Chocolate Candies

Maple Nut Chocolate Candies – these little morsels are packed full of maple flavor, crunchy nuts and are coated with a rich chocolate shell.

Maple Nut Chocolate Candies - These little morsels are packed full of maple flavor, crunchy nuts and are coated with a rich chocolate shell. | MomOnTimeout.com

I am notorious for “over” baking for Christmas {as if there is such a thing!}.  I love making tons of candies and cookies to share with friends and family.  It is so fun preparing little packages filled with treats that I know are going to make the recipients smile :) Plus, I get the added benefit of trying new recipes and indulging in delicious sweets all season long!

One of my very favorite flavors is maple.  Maple bars, maple syrup, and Maple Nut Chocolate Candies – oh yeah!  These little morsels are packed full of maple flavor, crunchy nuts and are coated with a rich chocolate shell.  I like to package candies and truffles in some parchment paper and tissue or wrapping paper and make like Christmas poppers out of them – so fun!  Who doesn’t like unwrapping presents and who wouldn’t like to find some homemade candies inside???

Maple Nut Chocolate Candies - These little morsels are packed full of maple flavor, crunchy nuts and are coated with a rich chocolate shell. | MomOnTimeout.com

Delicious morsels packed full of maple flavor, crunchy nuts, and coated with a rich, chocolate shell.
Ingredients
  • 1 stick {1/2 cup} butter, cubed
  • 1 can {14 oz} sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 lbs confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 cups chopped nuts {pecans or walnuts}
  • 2 1/2 tsp maple flavoring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 24 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tsp shortening
Instructions
  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk and butter in a small saucepan. Heat on low until butter is melted. Remove from heat.
  2. While the butter is melting, put the sugar in a large bowl. Add the milk and butter mixture to the bowl and beat until nice and smooth.
  3. Stir in the chopped nuts, maple flavoring, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
  4. Roll into 3/4 in – 1 in balls and place on waxed paper lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until very firm {1-2 hours}.
  5. Melt chips and shortening in a microwave safe container. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until chips are melted and chocolate is smooth.
  6. Dip the balls into the chocolate allowing the excess to drip off.
  7. Place balls onto waxed paper and let stand until chocolate is set.
  8. Store in an airtight container.
Notes

I do my chocolate dipping in batches. I heat up half of the chocolate and shortening and dip the balls and then heat up the the other half and dip the remaining. You can also freeze the balls before they are dipped. Just thaw the candy before dipping into the melted chocolate.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home magazine.

Maple Nut Chocolate Candies - These little morsels are packed full of maple flavor, crunchy nuts and are coated with a rich chocolate shell. | MomOnTimeout.com

Maple Nut Chocolate Candies

Ingredients

  • 1 stick {1/2 cup} butter, cubed
  • 1 can {14 oz} sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 lbs confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups chopped nuts {pecans or walnuts}
  • 2 1/2 tsp maple flavoring
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 24 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 4 tsp shortening

Instructions

  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk and butter in a small saucepan. Heat on low until butter is melted. Remove from heat.
  2. While the butter is melting, put the sugar in a large bowl. Add the milk and butter mixture to the bowl and beat until nice and smooth.
  3. Stir in the chopped nuts, maple flavoring, and vanilla extract. Stir until well combined.
  4. Roll into 3/4 in - 1 in balls and place on waxed paper lined baking sheets.
  5. Refrigerate until very firm {1-2 hours}.
  6. Melt chips and shortening in a microwave safe container. Microwave on high in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until chips are melted and chocolate is smooth.
  7. Dip the balls into the chocolate allowing the excess to drip off.
  8. Place balls onto waxed paper and let stand until chocolate is set.
  9. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

I do my chocolate dipping in batches. I heat up half of the chocolate and shortening and dip the balls and then heat up the the other half and dip the remaining. You can also freeze the balls before they are dipped. Just thaw the candy before dipping into the melted chocolate. Recipe adapted from Taste of Home magazine.

http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/12/maple-nut-chocolate-candies/

Maple Nut Chocolate Candies - These little morsels are packed full of maple flavor, crunchy nuts and are coated with a rich chocolate shell. | MomOnTimeout.com
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Comments

  1. Looks awesome! I reckon I could eat about 100 of them!

  2. YUM! These look amazing. I hope you’ll share this post on our Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap: http://thedomesticatedprincess.blogspot.com/.

  3. I love to make candy for gifts and these look yummy and pretty, too! My favorite candy to give as a gift is a mixed nut brittle – it’s so good and after so many years it’s simply tradition! Merry Christmas!

  4. Hey from tessacotton! Love your creation. I would be so thrilled if you would link up to my new, Christmas themed linky party!
    http://tessacotton.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-linky-party.html

  5. I love these Trish! Maple is one of my favorite candies. Pinned!

  6. This sounds like a super recipe!

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  8. No such thing as overbaking during the holiday season! :-) I love the maple in these! Thanks so much for linking up at What’s In Your Kitchen Wednesday!

  9. I’m definitely going to give these a try this Christmas. Lovely pics too!

  10. Maple is one of my favorite flavors, so these look wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  11. How simple do these look? What a great gift they would make. Thanks for sharing. Just pinned!

  12. wow these look delicious! i can’t wait to try them!

  13. Donna Howard says:

    I am doing the over baking thing as well!! So let me ask you, do you give the things away as you bake, or can you freeze some of these goodies! I’m just starting on being generous and giving away!!! ha ha

  14. these really look amazing! I also loved your wooden snowmen, but I didn’t think it was fair to give you two features :o) This recipe IS being featured though! Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. The features are already up on Facebook and the new party with features will go live Monday night at 8:30 pm. http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2012/12/b-inspired-mama-guest-post-delightful.html

  15. Ooh, those look yummy! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

  16. Oh my goodness, I love regular maple nut candies, but add chocolate, yum! I have to make these. Thanks so much for linking up to Inspire Me Wednesday, Trish! I love seeing your recipes and crafts every week.:)

  17. Everything you make always looks so good, Trish! YUM!

    Thanks for linking up last week at the Humble Brag. Hope you’ll come back tomorrow to link up. Also the Silhouette Cameo giveaway ends this weekend!

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  18. Oh my word, these look scrummy!! Please don’t forget to visit us at Foodtastic Friday!
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  19. These look sooo good! Found your yummy recipe via Happy Go Lucky. :)

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  20. These look divine. I am stopping by from Simply Link Up. I am pinning this!
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  21. These sound wonderful! I am going to make them for my hubby … he will love them :)

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