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Five Minute Bourbon Balls



This year my Christmas candy wishlist is bigger than ever!  It's making a real mess of things in my kitchen, but in the end those dirty dishes are usually worth it.  Of course, if I had my preference every candy recipe would be just like this one - easy, delicious, and my kitchen didn't suffer any turmoil.  And it's a seasonal favorite to boot!


I mixed these up in five minutes flat, and in about five more I had them all rolled out and stored in a tin. You can eat them immediately, but they improve upon standing. In about three days' time the boozy edge will mellow and the bourbon flavor will be more developed. I plan to make several batches ahead of time to give as Christmas gifts.






Since these only have five ingredients, I'd urge you to use best of each. I used quality chocolate, local honey and a fine Kentucky bourbon. Keep these guys tightly closed in a tin for longevity and they'll keep for up to four weeks!

Five Minute Bourbon Balls
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Yield: 1 1/2 dozen
Source: adapted from a vintage Betty Crocker microwave cookbook
Prep: 5 minutes, total time about 10 minutes

1/2 cup/ 4 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons/ 43 g honey
1 1/2 cups finely ground vanilla wafers (such as Nilla Wafers)
1 1/2 cups/ 155g ground walnuts
3 tablespoons/ 45 ml bourbon whiskey (I used Wild Turkey Kentucky Bourbon)

Pour 1/2 cup of the ground walnuts in a small bowl and set aside for later use.
Mix chocolate chips and honey in a 1 1/2 quart microwaveable bowl. Heat in the microwave at full power 1-2 minutes, until the mixture can be stirred smooth with no lumps remaining.
Stir in ground vanilla wafers, walnuts and whiskey. Stir; mixture should be quite thick. Scoop out mixture by the level tablespoons and roll into balls. Roll in reserved 1/2 cup of ground walnuts. Store tightly in a covered container. Flavor will fully develop over four days. Stored properly, these will keep up to 4 weeks.

Note: If you don't have a microwave, you can melt the chocolate and honey over medium-low heat in a saucepan. This may take a little longer (you'll have to abandon the 5 minute moniker) but it'll be worth the time and effort!

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21 comments :

  1. Oh these are Awesome!! I love holiday baking or un-baking!!

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  2. I wonder would these work with a ginger snap, those wonderful Anna's thin ginger cookies or Biscoff? I am thinking the flavor might be really good with the bourbon. What do you think?

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  3. I am knee deep in Christmas baking too. Nothing better than scent of ginger bread to perfume the house and bring warmth into the kitchen.
    Such a cute idea! I really love the coating on the outside. I am sucker for the texture

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  4. These looks scrumptious! I will be making these for Christmas!

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  5. These look perfect! And 5 minute desserts are always a good idea!

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  6. I agree - bourbon balls are better after sitting for a while - but who can wait? We love them for breakfast or anytime! Your recipe sounds great and they are beautiful!

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  7. I have half the ingredients. Looks like I'll be going to the store to get what I need today!

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  9. Anyone tried these with a different nut? I hate walnuts but was thinking maybe almonds?

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  10. @Christine - gingersnaps would be great in these!

    @EMily - most any other nut would work, pecans, almonds, cashews. Yesterday I recommended ground sunflower seeds to a reader who had concerns about serving these to allergy sensitive friends.

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  11. I love fast, easy treats! Especially if they have bourbon inside! It's time to start holiday baking!

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  12. These look so delicious! I'd love it if you would link them up to my Recipe Writers link up!

    http://www.sewmuch2say.com/2013/12/recipe-writers-christmas-cookie-link-up.html
    Amanda Rose

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  13. I have made these using ground pecans and Captain Morgan Spiced Rum. They're delicious!

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  14. Will these work with rum, Heather? Or will it go "bad"?
    Nila

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  15. Hi Nila! Yes, please feel free to use rum. They should keep just the same as the bourbon version.

    -h

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  16. Just made these as a part of my christmas cookie batch, even though they're not a cookie, but it involved whiskey so these were a must.

    They are fantastic and I'm making another batch! There is just the right amount of every ingredient.

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  17. These are really good! I toasted the walnuts first and used graham cracker crumbs (because that's all I had).

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  18. These look good! I am not overly fond of whiskey or bourbon, so I will try a variation using Sailor Jerry rum and a splash of Chambord on dehydrated cherries for centers and finish / roll in chopped almonds...

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  19. Yep, it is official. I need to make these for Christmas this year. My grandfather would devour (err....savor!) them.

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  20. Can't wait to try them! I think I'm gonna make them for Christmas ;)

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