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!