Bourbon BallsPosted: December 18, 2011
Have you noticed at Holiday time that almost every kind of booze is on sale? bourbon, rum, brandy, you name it, it’s likely to be on sale. Is this a good excuse to make some bourbon balls?!
No guilt, no shame when you buy that huge bottle of booze; you walk straight to the counter girl, head held high, shoulders back. You’re welcome. You’re gonna need a good 1/2 cup of booze for these bourbon balls, you owe it to yourself to buy the economy size. I know, the check out guy is smiling, huh? Yeah, you go right ahead and tell him you’re making bourbon balls!….careful now he might just follow you out of the store. Easy girl.
Hey, you might have to slip a few to the reindeer, Rudolph needs a good warm up to keep that nose going. Santa won’t mind….
(recipe adapted from Kate Wheeler)
10 oz. graham crackers, crushed fine in a food processor
3/4 Cup finely chopped walnuts
1/2 Cup confectioners sugar
6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 Cup good quality bourbon
3 Tbsp. light corn syrup or Lyles golden syrup
Coarse sanding sugar or decorative sugar for coating
1. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, ground walnuts, and confectioners sugar in a large mixing bowl.
2. In a glass bowl, place the chocolate chips and in 30 second intervals melt the chips in a microwave on high; stopping to stir between each interval, then heating at 10 second intervals until the chocolate is melted. Add in the corn syrup; the mixture will seize a bit, just keep stirring and do the best you can.
3. Pour the bourbon over the crumb mixture in the bowl and stir to combine as best you can; not all of the mixture may combine and that’s okay. Pour in the melted chocolate mixture and combine with a spatula until the mixture is thoroughly combined. Chill at least 30 minutes.
4. Pour the sanding sugar or decorative sugar in a dish. Form the bourbon balls into one inch to 1 1/2 inch balls and roll in the sugar. Store for up to a month in an airtight container. BUT DO YOU REALLY THINK THEY ARE GOING TO LAST THAT LONG?