It’s Christmas so I guess I’m in a giving mood. ¬†Or maybe I’ve snacked on one too many bourbon balls tonight. Grandma did not go easy on the bourbon in this recipe! As a child, I remember wafts of booziness when I would sneak a peek into the glass container in the refrigerator. I was always enticed by the glittering sugar crystals…sometimes I would sneak a bite but bourbon whiskey wasn’t for me then (surprise!). Now, I can see why Grandma made these every year. This year I decided to gift them to my friends.


Grandma’s Bourbon Balls

6 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 cup bourbon (or rum if you prefer)
2 1/2 cups vanilla wafer crumbs
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 cup finely ground nuts-walnuts or pecans
granulated sugar

Melt chocolate over hot water, then add the corn syrup and bourbon. In a large bowl combine the vanilla wafer crumbs, powdered sugar and nuts. Add the chocolate mixture to the bowl, mix well, let stand for 30 minutes. Form into 1 inch balls and roll in the granulated sugar. Let them “season” as Grandma says for a few days in a covered container. Makes about 50-60 balls!

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