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Pecan Pie Cookie Dough Balls

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Yes, I’ve gone back to the old blog header.

This change isn’t permanent. Currently I’m working with a web designer the most patient person in the world to completely overhaul the site’s layout, making it much more user-friendly (including a print option for the recipes). Hopefully it will all be completed soon. New year, new blog?

Now back to your regularly-scheduled cookies…

pecan pie energy bites

Pecan pie cookies you can make in minutes.

Delicious and good for you at the same time. If you’ve ever had a pecan pie Larabar, that’s exactly what these pecan pie energy bites taste like.

raw pecan pie bites!

(No bake) Pecan Pie Cookie Dough Balls you can make in minutes.


Pecan Pie Babies

(raw and gluten-free)

  • 1/2 cup raw pecans (For all substitutions on this recipe, see nutrition link below) (52g)
  • packed 1 cup pitted dates (I use Sunmaid, found in regular grocery stores near the raisins, as they are softer and stickier than the ones found in natural food stores.) (160g)
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • optional: chocolate chips (or mini chips, or a piece of your favorite chocolate bar)

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until it makes a crumbly dough. (You can add the optional chocolate chips either before or after blending.) Pour crumbles into a bag and smush into one big ball. Remove from bag and form little balls. Or you can make bars or cookie-cuttered shapes if you prefer. This can also be made in a Magic Bullet: halve the recipe for best blending in a bullet.

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pecan pie energy bites

Question of the Day:

Christmas is coming up too quickly, and I have quite a few cookie recipes left to post, meaning some of them will have to wait until next year.

If you have a preference, please let me know which ones you’d most like to see:

  • Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs
  • Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
  • Cookies in a Jar
  • Cake Batter Macaroons

Link of the Day:

reeses peanut butter cups-- healthy makeover!
….Chocolate Monkey Bites

Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Maria says:

    Hey Katie these look delish….I just finished making a double batch of your hot fudge larabars into truffles rolled in cocoa powder, crushed pistachios, goji berries, and a version of ferrero rocher encasing a roasted hazelnut and rolled in crushed hazelnuts. They are all spectacular and will be giving them out as Christmas gifts along with your raw gingerbread men recipe but in truffle form. Im thinking now that some raw pecan cookies wouldn’t hurt either :) the worst (or maybe the best) thing that could happen is that I would have to keep them all to myself. Im not complaining either way 😀

  2. Emily says:

    cookies in a jar and cake batter macaroons!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Mint chocolate chip!!!!

  4. Tessa Mahlow says:

    mint chocolate is always good, but i’ve never seen a recipe for quinoa cookies, so i’m rooting for that one. merry christmas!

  5. i definitely want to see some flourless sugar cookie cutouts so i can make them on Christmas eve! :)

  6. kristyn says:

    quinoa cookies would be rad! also- a vegan version of my favorite dessert would be amazing! i’m obsessed with flourless chocolate cake…it’s the most decadent chocolate dessert ever and if you could make a vegan version that would be so cool!

  7. Violet says:

    suh-weet, i’ve just gotten a ton of free almonds. ill be making these, and i’m going to try with both dried figs and then with golden raisins. also, i can’t choose between the first, third, and last cookie!

  8. lou says:

    YaAaAaY!!! for the old header!!!!!!!! 😀

  9. Krista says:

    Call me intrigued by Cookies in a Jar!?

  10. chocolate quinoa cookies!! I’m intrigued!

  11. Andi says:

    chocolate quinoa cookies pretty please! Merry Christmas! :)

  12. Emily PT says:

    Chocolate quinoa cookies sound AMAZING!! :)

  13. Nicole says:

    Cake batter macaroons pretty please :)

  14. Nicole D says:

    Flourless sugar cookies!!!!

  15. Caitlin says:

    ooh i’d love to see the chocolate quinoa cookies!

  16. ashlie says:

    Flourless sugar cookie cut-outs! I can’t eat gluten! Thanks, and Merry Christmas!

  17. Jennifer Weber says:

    Flourless sugar cookies! Please!

  18. Betheny says:

    Flourless sugar cookies please!

  19. Frankie says:

    Chocolate Quinoa Cookies and Cookies in a Jar!!!! :)

  20. Leslie says:

    The flourless sugar cookies sound fun. I’d also like to see the jars. And if there’s time, the mint chocolate chip.

  21. nini2033a says:

    Flourless Sugar cookie cut outs please!!!

  22. Allison says:

    Mint-Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Chocolate Quinoa Cookies

    And I must admit, it’s nice to see your cheery, smiling face when I check in!

  23. Beth says:

    These look delicious! Cake-batter macaroons or mint-chocolate chip cookies would be my preferences. :)

  24. Lena says:

    I loooove chocolate and mint so I’m biased towards the cookies. But the chocolate quinoa cookies also sound awesome. So either of those please 😀

  25. Charlotte says:

    Chocolate Quinoa Cookies
    Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs

    My preferences also 😀

  26. Kristin D. says:

    Flourless sugar cookie cutouts
    Chocolate quinoa cookies


  27. jenny says:

    sugar cookies, or macaroons!

  28. Alyx says:

    Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs & Cookies in a Jar

  29. Claire Elizabeth says:

    I’m excited for all your new recipes, Katie! Chocolate Quinoa Cookies sound super, but I also really like the idea of the mint chocolate cookies or the flourless sugar cookies. Merry Christmas to you, Katie! :)

  30. Andrea says:

    I’d definitely like to see the mint chocolate chip cookies! They sound ahh-mazing! My next vote would be cake batter macaroons or cookies in a jar, but all of your recipes are lovely!

  31. Michelle says:

    They all sound amazing, but the Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs or the Cake Batter Macaroons sound just delightful! :)

  32. Terri Cole says:

    macaroons please!

  33. Kim Alcock says:

    Flourless Sugar Cookie Cut-Outs!

  34. These look awesome! I will be making them in the next few days. Cake batter macaroons sound good!

  35. Kaylin says:

    Cookies in a Jar and Flourless sugar cookie cutouts please :)

  36. LeAnn says:

    Cookies in a jar, please!

  37. Brittany says:

    These look awesome Katie! I think I’d most like to see the chocolate quinoa cookies.

  38. Alisha says:

    I made these pecan pie balls – but added a 1/2 teaspoon of blackstrap molasses (because we put lots of molasses in our regular pecan pie). yep – they are amazing! thanks again for the marvelous recipes.

  39. Lyndsey says:

    Sugar cookie cut-outs, please! The mint chocolate chip cookies sound good too, though.

    (p.s. this is my first time commenting…after about 7 months of following this blog! I have to say…I’m addicted! I’ve tried a ton of your recipes–new and old–and even though I’m not a vegan, I do love a yummy, easy, healthy dessert! Keep up the good work!)

  40. Emily says:

    Flourless cutouts! my mom is allergic to gluten, and i want to make her some special cookies for Christmas :) we both love your blog by the way!

  41. Amylou says:

    Flourless sugar cookies and mint chocolate chip cookies please!!!!

  42. Kylie says:

    Flourless sugar cookie cut outs please!!!!!!!!!!

  43. Lynn Schadler says:

    How do I store the pecan pie babies? They look divine (like all your goodies do!) and I would love to have them out to nibble on at Christmas!
    Btw…would love a sugarless/flourless sugar cookie :)

    1. Unfridged (in a bag or box) a few days, or fridged a few weeks, or frozen for months!

  44. shana says:

    flourless sugar cookie cutouts please!!!!

  45. Verenique B says:

    id love to see the recipe for choc quinoa cookies sounds interesting :)

  46. Lindsay says:

    Flourless sugar cookies or cake batter macaroons!

  47. Didi says:

    Chocolate quinoa cookies!!!!!

  48. Am says:

    Please, Flourless Sugar Cookie Cutouts! 😀

  49. Misty says:

    Flourless sugar cookie cutouts!! Please! Also I’m making these now! Do you toast the pecans first?

  50. Justin says:

    I’m feelin the mint chocolate chips! or the flourless sugar cookie!