November 9, 2014

Golden Pecan Balls

Recipe: Nancy Elliott

These snowy orbs are rich, buttery and crunchy with nuts. Golden syrup gives them a unique, toffee-like flavour.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1⁄4 tsp salt
  • 1⁄2 cup unsalted European-style butter (84% butterfat), softened
  • 1⁄4 cup Lyle’s golden syrup
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup toasted pecan pieces, finely chopped
  • 3⁄4 cup icing sugar, sifted


Yield: Makes 20

  1.  In medium bowl, combine flour and salt.
  2. In an electric mixer, beat butter, syrup, and vanilla until smooth, 1 minute. Reduce speed to low. Gradually add dry mix until combined. Fold in pecans. Wrap dough in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 300°F. Form dough into 1″ balls. Place on parchment-lined baking tray 1 1⁄2″ apart. Bake until lightly golden, 30 to 35 minutes. When cool enough to handle, roll in icing sugar. Return to tray. Cool completely. Store in airtight container up to 2 weeks.

Ashley Capp


House & Home November 2014