Thursday, December 08, 2011

Oh So Easy Bourbon Balls, A Family Favorite!

These little morsels are one of my most requested cookies over the holidays.  Not sure why I only make them once a year, I guess it keeps them special.
The house is decorated, the only thing missing is the wonderful aromas from the kitchen.  To solve that, it is time to get on the apron and get baking.  
I figured I would start with Bourbon Balls.  You can always tell a well used reicpe by the cookbook page.
This recipe is SO easy to make.  The hardest parts are waiting until the chocolate sets up so you can roll them and not eating all the "dough"
This time of the year, I buy my chocolate in bulk from Sam's Club.  For that reason, I always use my kitchen scale to make sure I am getting an accurate measurement.  I love chocolate, and in my mind, there is NEVER enough chocolate, but for this recipe you don't want too much chocolate since it will be sticky and make it hard to roll the balls.
To make this recipe even easier, I finely chop both the vanilla wafers and the walnuts in my food processor.
I melt the chocolate on the stove and then remove it from the heat. 
I stir in the sugar and corn syrup and then mix in the bourbon.  According to the recipe, for a milder bourbon flavor, you can use 1/4 cup of bourbon plus one tablespoon of water.  Or to make Rum Ball, just substitute rum for the bourbon.   Never tried either of these, we love our Bourbon Balls just the way they are!
I then add the chopped wafers and nuts
and stir until well blended.  I let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes to firm up the chocolate and make it easier to roll.  I don't recommend putting it in the fridge the chocolate gets too hard, 30 minutes on the counter is just right.
I roll 1-inch balls (mine are never exact, and I am okay with that) and toss them in sugar to coat.
Into my container they go, and then they are hidden for a week or so.  The secret to these wonderful cookies, is to put them in a sealed container and IGNORE them for a week.  I think this really mellows the flavors.  (and it keeps cookie thieves from eating them all before Christmas)
 Bourbon Balls 
adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookies for Christmas, 1985
(print recipe)

1 6 ounce package (1 cup) semisweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/3 cup bourbon
55 vanilla wafers
1 cup walnuts pieces
sugar for rolling

In a heavy saucepan heat chocolate piece over low heat untill melted, stirring contantly.  Remove from heat and stir in sugar and corn syrup.  Stir in bourbon until will mixed.
In the bowl of a food processor, add vanilla wafers and nuts.  Blend until finely chopped.  Stir into chocolate mixture and mix well.  Let stand about 30 minutes.
Shape into 1-inch balls and roll in additional sugar.  Store in a tightly covered container about one week to mellow flavor.  Makes about 30


Kiri W. said...

Wow, these look oh so tasty! I love how simple a recipe this is, I'll definitely have to try these! :)

richelle said...

MMmmm... these look tasty!

Kels @ K and K Test Kitchen said...

These sound delicious, no wonder they are a family favorite of yours! I would have a hard time ignoring them for a week though!

Natalie@DeconstructingTheHome said...

I've always wondered how you make these. I asked my husband to get me a small bottle of bourbon for bourbon sauce and he get me a jug! This will give me a good way to use it up!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. said...

Ohhh, these look great! I had them once at a party and really enjoyed them which is odd because I'm not usually a fan of bourbon!

Ann said...

Delicious and easy...and you can tell it's a family favorite by the page! it's well loved!

Loveforfood said...

that goes well when i watching movie at night. great!

Julie at Burnt Carrots said...

I love bourbon and chocolate and the thought of the two of them together sounds delicious!