Bourbon Balls

    12 minutes

    This is my take on chocolate rum balls which uses bourbon in place of the rum. It isn't Christmas without them!

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    Serves: 24 

    • 1 cup (170g) dark chocolate chips
    • 1/2 cup (100g) white sugar
    • 3 tablespoons golden syrup
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) bourbon
    • 2 1/2 cups crushed vanilla wafers
    • 1 cup chopped walnuts
    • 1/3 cup (40g) icing sugar

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:2min  ›  Ready in:12min 

    1. Place chocolate chips into a microwave-safe medium bowl. Heat in the microwave for 1 minute, stir and then continue to heat at 20 second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth. Stir in sugar and golden syrup. Blend in bourbon. Add crushed vanilla wafers and chopped nuts. Mix until evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
    2. Roll the chilled chocolate mixture into bite-size balls. Roll balls in a mixture of ground nuts and icing sugar, or just plain icing sugar. Store in a covered container for a week before serving to blend the flavours.

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    YOWZAAAAA! Fantastic recipe! These taste just like the rum balls my mom made during the holidays. When I told her about them, she said it sounds like the same recipe although she used crushed grahm crackers instead of the vanilla wafers - so there is a substitution if you don't have any Nilla wafers on hand! I do have the following advice for making this candy though: 1. Use the "real" vanilla wafers - off brands with off tastes will affect the quality of your rum balls.The standard 12-ounce box makes your 2 1/2 cups of crushed cookie crumbs. 2. Crush the wafers in two batches in a food processor. This makes them powdery and very easy to mix into the mixture. 3.DO REMOVE THE MELTED CHOCOLATE FROM THE HEAT AS SOON AS ALL THE CHIPS HAVE MELTED and before adding the sugar, alcohol, corn syrup, and cookie crumbs. Even on a gas stove, leaving it on the eye with the heat turned off will make your chocolate "seize" and it won't be teh correct texture you are looking for. 4. Melt the chocolate chips in a 3-quart saucepan on the smallest eye on your stove on Low heat, stirring almost constantly. Once the chips are melted, you can add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and still have lots of room to stir without making a mess all over the counter. 5. I find the chocolate cools quick enough once you are through stirring to handle and make into balls. The first time I made these, I did refrigerate the mixture and it made it difficult to roll into nice balls - they were kind of  -  08 Nov 2008  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Rum Balls are tradition in Germany during the xmass Holidays. I usually buy them online at a German Store but decided to make them myself this year. Remembering how my grandmother used to make them I took this as a basic reciped using milk chocolate. One week before making the Rum Balls I took 1/2 cup of Raisins (a must in the original rum ball) chopped them up and soaked in the Rum for the week. If you do not like Rum you can also try using Amaretto. Then finished the recipe. The closest thing I found to the original thus far.  -  03 Dec 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    loved em............. i heat the bourbon in the microwave and dissolve the sugar in it before mixing with the melted chips and syrup.  -  21 Dec 2006  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)