5 Minute Chocolate Pecan Footballs

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Hey y’all! Stephanie from Sustaining the Powers here again today.  As some of you know, I live in Denver, Colorado which is the home of the Denver Broncos Football Team. After a crazy season of our primary quarterback being out of play for 7 games, we rallied to win the AFC championship and are headed to the “Big Game” next week!! I think we will have our work cut out for us against Carolina, but hopefully the Broncos will come away from that game having played our best and winning the title. (Sorry if you’re a Carolina fan!)

Since I’m originally from Texas, I was raised on football. (I grew up in a time when the Cowboys were the team to beat and my high school football team went to the state championship game at least a couple times while I was there.) Game day is always a big party with tons of food and friends gathered together and is probably just as much about the food as it is cheering your team to victory.

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These little pecan footballs are great to take with you because they come together in just a few minutes, but look super cute! People will say that they’re too cute to eat, but trust me, you should make a bunch because they will disappear quickly. I typically like them less sweet, so I don’t dip them in chocolate, but you are welcome to fully dip yours before you draw the laces on if you are a chocolate lover. You can also use dark chocolate to make these a more decadent grown up treat. (Dark chocolate has been found to be an excellent kid repellent.)

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5 Minute Chocolate Pecan Footballs


  • 1/2 Cup Pecan Halves
  • 1/4 cup milk or dark chocolate chips or candy melts
  • 1/8 cup white chocolate or white candy melts
  • 2 small zip-top plastic bags


  1. Lay out the pecan halves in pairs on a plate, matching up pairs of similar shape and size and picking out the broken ones.
  2. Place the milk or dark chocolate chips in a zip-top bag and microwave on 50% power for 45 seconds.
  3. Remove from microwave and gently knead the bag to help melt the chips.
  4. Continue microwaving on half power for 30 second intervals, kneeding between each cycle until chips have fully melted. (Be careful not to over-melt as the chocolate will burn.)
  5. Snip a tiny hole off the corner of the bag and pipe a small, dime-sized dot of chocolate on the flat side of one half of each pecan pair.
  6. Press the two halves together, flat sides on the inside, and repeat for the rest of the footballs.
  7. Place footballs in the fridge for a few minutes to set.
  8. While the chocolate sets, repeat the melting process above with the white chips.
  9. Snip the smallest hole you can make off a corner of the bag and pipe a set of laces on top of each football.
  10. Gently store in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

What’s your favorite game day treat? 

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Stephanie first learned to cook as a young girl in her grandmother’s kitchen. As an Austin, Texas native, Tex-Mex cuisine, BBQ, and comfort food is in her blood. She loves to travel, and her favorite souvenir is picking up an authentic, local recipe, so her cooking has influences from all over the world. She’s passionate about making cooking accessible to everyone and helping you provide sustenance to your family. (Hence her blog name: Sustaining the Powers) She also loves hosting “framily” meals in her Denver, Colorado home. When she’s not in the kitchen, Stephanie is also a web developer, a geek, a foodie, a Whovian, a book-addict, and (more importantly) a disciple of Christ and a wife to Nick, the most amazing man she knows.

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