Christmas tunes, chilly weather, and twinkling lights all come with the inception of December. Another favorite that comes with the holiday season are the never-ending recipes to favorite dinners, drinks, and treats. Here is a positively festive addition to your holiday baking list that is sure to bring cheer and merriment to your home. In this simple yet delightful recipe, Nilla wafers, chocolate, pecans, and bourbon are shaped into little balls and then rolled in powdered sugar. Allowing room for creativity, you may switch the nuts and liqueur to whichever you prefer – perhaps, almonds and Frangelico, pistachios and Amaretto, or walnuts and Grand Marnier. Whichever you choose, have fun with it. Celebrate the holidays with family, friends, and all loved ones, and always remember to enjoy!
For my mom, who might stop this recipe at the Nilla wafers.
2½ cups vanilla wafer crumbs (Nilla)
½ cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup pecans, finely ground
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, broken into pieces
½ cup bourbon
3 tablespoons light corn syrup
Granulated sugar, for rolling
Place cookie crumbs, powdered sugar and ground pecans in a large bowl and stir to combine. Melt the chocolate in the microwave (30 second increments at 50 percent power, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth).
Stir in the bourbon and corn syrup. Add the chocolate mixture to the dry mixture and stir well to combine. Let sit for 30 minutes. Place some granulated sugar in a small bowl and set aside.
Roll the mixture between your palms into 1-inch balls then roll in the granulated sugar to coat. Place the balls in an airtight container, separating layers with aluminum foil or wax paper, and allow flavors to develop by sitting at room temperature overnight. Yields 50 bourbon balls.