Monday, December 31, 2012

bourbon balls

Oh, I'm sorry. Were you looking for carrots and quinoa? Veggies and vegan recipes? There will be plenty of time for all of that tomorrow. But today--oh today you can still sneak one more rich recipe under the radar before the resolutions kick in. Not only do these bourbon balls come together in a flash, but they're also super boozy, which makes them perfect for your New Years' Eve fete tonight. So what are you waiting for? The farro and flax can wait until tomorrow. Tonight is for chocolate and bourbon. Happy New Year.  

Bourbon Balls
Adapted from Joy of Baking

1 cup pecans
2 cups vanilla wafer cookies, finely crushed
1/2 cup powdered sugar, plus extra for rolling
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/4 cup bourbon 

Preheat the oven to 350. Place the pecans on a cookie sheet, and roast until golden and fragrant, about 7-8 minutes. Let cool and then roughly chop in a food processor. Add the crushed vanilla wafers, sugar and cocoa powder and pulse a few times to blend. Add the corn syrup and bourbon, and pulse until the dough begins to stick together. Chill the batter, and then roll into 1-inch balls. (Dampening your hands with a bit of water will keep the batter from sticking). Roll the balls in powdered sugar and serve at room temperature.

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