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The Super Bowl will soon be a memory. So now it is time to turn our focus to Valentine’s Day and Valentine’s Day Candy.

This bon-bon is one of my favorites any time of the year. It is especially delightful if you make it for your Valentine. Nothing says loving like something NOT from the oven. It is fast, easy and ohhhh soooo delicious!

Featured Recipe    Apricot and Pecan Balls

When I lived in California three of my neighbors and I used to get together every two or three months. Each get together was hosted by one of us. The host or hostess provided appetizers and various drinks and we sat around and just talked and laughed, ate and had a grand time.

It was a lovely tradition and a neighborly ritual.

The recipe I share with you today I first ate at one of these informal get-togethers. I had to have the recipe which my neighbor happily provided. She never told me where she got it; and I never asked.

These delectable little bites are so delicious and are just perfect for Valentine’s Day. I challenge you to eat only one. Betcha can’t!!!!

I get asked for this recipe more than any other I have. These simple little candies are super delicious, fast and easy to make. You can’t go wrong with these at any holiday.

This is also one of the few recipes I willingly and without hesitation get out my food processor for. They are that delicious!!!

This is what you need:

1 cup of dried apricots

1 cup flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans*

¼ cup condensed milk

¼ cup pecan crumbs (in small blue bowl)

¼ cup powdered sugar

NOTE: Can substitute the less expensive walnuts.

Here is what you do:

First chop the cup of pecans. Do not over process these. You want a rough chop. Place these chopped pecans in a bowl and set aside. I am calling this large turquoise colored bowl Bowl #1.

Next add the ¼ cup of pecans from the little blue bowl in the ingredient picture above  into the processor and pulse till pecans are finely crumbled. Place in a bowl and set aside. I will call this large turquoise bowl Bowl #2.

NOTE: I like to do the nuts first because once you do the apricots, the bowl will be all sticky. Then your nuts will stick to the bowl unless you wash it in between uses. I am too lazy to do that. So this is just easier. We all know how lazy I am!!

Next cut the apricots into slices.

Then add them along with the coconut flakes to the processor.

Process on low until finely chopped and combined. Looks so pretty. Such a lovely color, don’t you think? You just know this is going to be so delicious just by that lovely color!

Add the milk to the processor and mix well.

Place the mixture in a bowl. The mixture will be all sticky and clumpy.

Add the chopped nuts from Bowl #1. Since the mixture is sticky and clumpy  I have found it is best to just mix the nuts into the stickymixtue by hand. Trying to stir with a spoon for me is next to impossible. Make sure the nuts are spread through out  all of the candy mixture.

Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator for 45 minutes.

Tick-tock. Tick-tock………no mouse ran up the clock. I hope. 45 minutes is up. So remove the apricot mixture from the fridge.

Place some wax paper on a baking sheet and set the apricot mixture, powdered sugar, and crumbly pecans from Bowl #2 up in assembly line fashion.

Take a tablespoon size scoop of the  apricot/pecan mixture………

 ………….and shape into a ball.

First roll lightly in the powdered sugar. Don’t cover completely with sugar. Leave some spots for the pecan crumbs;  then roll in the crumbly pecans.

Then place each ball on the wax papered sheet.

My friend in California rolled them in either the powdered sugar OR the nuts. [See balls at extreme bottom right in picture above.] NOT ME. I like to roll them in both and double my pleasure per directions above.

NOTE & VARIATION: If I make these for Christmas, I like to roll the balls in coconut flakes. Makes them look like teeny-tiny little snowballs. Cute!

Now they are ready to serve.

Store in an airtight can in the refrigerator. That is if you do not eat them all yourself first! LOL

Makes 25 pieces of candy. Recipe can be doubled.

For the eagled eyed among MTTD readers, you probably noticed there are only 24 pieces of candy on the baking sheet.

OK. If you must know!!!  OK!!! I fess up! I confess!! OK???? I ate one while making them. 

And I am not one bit sorry either!

Yes! They are that good.

Bon Appetit!!!

Ut oh!!! The cost. Something this divine is going to be very costly. Right?

Cost

1 cup of dried apricots          $3.14

1 cup flaked coconut             $1.39

1 cup chopped pecans           $3.85

¼ cup condensed milk           $0.60

¼ cup pecan crumbs             $0.96

¼ cup powdered sugar          $0.20

Total Cost = $10.14
Cost per piece = $0.41

So little cost…..so much flavor

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