|Orange pecan coconut balls. Lucy Mercer/A Cook and Her Books|
Here's another goody from last week's kitchen marathon. I wrapped these up to give to friends and family and tuck into the teachers' goody bags, too. This is an oldie-but-goody that I remember from my childhood Christmases - vanilla wafers and pecans pulverized in the food processor and combined with orange juice concentrate and butter and confectioner's sugar. The mixture is shaped into balls and rolled in coconut, or crushed pecans. I boosted the citrus flavor with a bit of orange extract from the spice shelf. Did I mention that no baking is required? Call the kids and let them help in the kitchen. Give these treats a try - I'm sure they'll become a family favorite in your house, too.
1 (12 oz.) package vanilla wafers
1 cup pecan pieces
1 cup confectioner's sugar (10 X)
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/4 teaspoon orange extract
2 cups flaked coconut
1. In food processor, add vanilla wafers, pecans and sugar to food processor bowl and blitz into fine crumbs. Add room temperature butter and pulse until combined. Add orange juice concentrate and orange extract (if using) and pulse until combined. Scoop mixture into 1-inch balls and roll in coconut. Store in airtight container in refrigerator for up to one week.
For more teacher gifts from the kitchen, see here.