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Bourbon balls (although rhum agricole works, too)

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Harry in WashDC
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Bourbon Balls (also works with a good rhum Agricole)

This dates from 1973;  my wife's best friend gave her this recipe.  It gave them both an excuse to go out and buy their first food processors - ROBOT COUPE was the brand.  We weren't married, then, but I remember my reaction - "You spent HOW MUCH? for that?"  Almost ended our budding relationship.

 

 

One cup crushed Vanilla Wafers

One cup 10X (uh, powdered) sugar

1 ½ cups chopped pecans

2 tablespoons cocoa

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

¼ cup bourbon (100 proof or less)

 

 

Run the nuts through a food processor until finely chopped but not pureed and set aside.

 

 

Run the wafers through the processor.  Combine the wafer crumbs with the sugar and with one cup of the ground nuts and the cocoa.  Stir them to mix somewhat.  Add the syrup and bourbon and mix thoroughly. A soft spatula and some hand squeezing works well.  When mixed, form bits into balls of whatever size you prefer and roll them in the remaining chopped nuts.  Sometimes we roll them in a little bit of powdered sugar, too.  Chill and then store in covered tins.

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GaryT
1 hour ago, Harry in WashDC said:

Bourbon Balls (also works with a good rhum Agricole)

This dates from 1973;  my wife's best friend gave her this recipe.  It gave them both an excuse to go out and buy their first food processors - ROBOT COUPE was the brand.  We weren't married, then, but I remember my reaction - "You spent HOW MUCH? for that?"  Almost ended our budding relationship.

 

 

One cup crushed Vanilla Wafers

One cup 10X (uh, powdered) sugar

1 ½ cups chopped pecans

2 tablespoons cocoa

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

¼ cup bourbon (100 proof or less)

 

 

Run the nuts through a food processor until finely chopped but not pureed and set aside.

 

 

Run the wafers through the processor.  Combine the wafer crumbs with the sugar and with one cup of the ground nuts and the cocoa.  Stir them to mix somewhat.  Add the syrup and bourbon and mix thoroughly. A soft spatula and some hand squeezing works well.  When mixed, form bits into balls of whatever size you prefer and roll them in the remaining chopped nuts.  Sometimes we roll them in a little bit of powdered sugar, too.  Chill and then store in covered tins.

Thanks for sharing Harry!  Definitely need to try this.  I LOVE bourbon balls, although I have to admit the recipe I've used for years is such that I don't make them often because they are such a pain (takes 2 days, and maybe 4-5 hours in total).  

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3 hours ago, GaryT said:

Thanks for sharing Harry!  Definitely need to try this.  I LOVE bourbon balls, although I have to admit the recipe I've used for years is such that I don't make them often because they are such a pain (takes 2 days, and maybe 4-5 hours in total).  

This recipe is pretty foolproof AND forgiving.  Wife makes BATCHES of cookies of all kinds for the Holidays, and the bourbon balls are made a couple times a year.  I got involved years ago when a batch tasted off, and I diagnosed "wrong bourbon".  SOmething on the sweeter end like VOB 100 is best.  When using EWW, I add a tablespoon of simple syrup.  Hardest part is the portion size when rolling.  We bought a set of melon ballers to speed up the scooping.  Start to finish is only a couple of hours including getting all the stuff assembled on the counter, chopping and processing, putting balls on cookie sheets and sticking them in the fridge, placing product in tins with waxed paper sheets (6X6" squares bought in bulk) between the layers, AND rinsing off all utensils, bowls, and counters.  It is a two to three person job, but a niece or teener can be the third.  This also allows for break-taking by me or the niece/teener - wife is obsessive so NEVER stops.

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Thank-you Harry,

I will get around to making these.  I cook a lot at home, and have a heavy duty commercial blender.  I'll probably go with the VOB 100 too (since I like it anyway).

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