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!
Edit 12/22/17 – This year I made these with shortbread crumbs (Walker’s brand) and black walnuts – they were Ah-Mazing! Black walnuts are a southern favorite, and if you haven’t ever tasted them be sure to do so before adding them to this recipe. They can be an acquired taste.
Five Minute Bourbon Balls
- 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.