Coconut Pecan Balls

Makes: 10

4 tablespoons salted butter
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of Virtue Sweetener
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup finely chopped pecans
¼ unsweetened finely shredded coconut
¼ cup dark chocolate chips, melted

Add butter to medium sauce pan over medium heat. Allow butter to melt and begin to bubble (but not burn) then sprinkle Virtue Sweetener over butter. Stir butter mixture until sweetener has dissolved. Add heavy cream and stir. Allow to cook 2-3 minutes or until mixture thickens and starts to look golden. Add vanilla and stir. Remove from heat and place pot in an ice water bath and stir. (Ice water bath helps it not separate).

Once mixture has cooled and thickened, remove from ice bath and stir in chopped nuts and coconut. Refrigerate mixture for 15-30 minutes to firm up.

Using a 2 teaspoon scoop, scoop mixture and form into balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or freeze until firm.

Insert toothpick into balls and dip in chocolate. Allow chocolate to set. Store in fridge or freezer until ready to eat.

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