(If you ever thought I was a good influence, now is the time to disabuse yourself of that notion.)
In the past year, I’ve come to love the taste of bourbon. It feels like joining some special club where the main topic of conversation is “ice, water or straight up” and everyone tries not to wince after that first sip.
How to Make Bourbon
(or Rum) Balls
Image via the Etsy blog
Making bourbon balls – the whiskey-flavored gateway drug – is really easy, and Kimberly Hasselbrink, from The Year In Food, recently shared her classic recipe on the Etsy blog. Simply grind one cup of pecans or walnuts in a food processor, then add the following:
- 1 1/2 cups crushed ginger snaps
- 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar
- 1/4 cup bourbon (or rum) bourbon! always bourbon! grrr!
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons honey
Pulse it all together; transfer it to a bowl; chill it (freezer: 45 minutes, fridge: two hours); roll out one-inch balls; toss in more powdered sugar. Done. Now go offer them to your guests and watch them wince…and ask for more.
Buy Handmade Boozey Desserts
Some of you don’t want to make bourbon balls. Maybe your kitchen is a mess or you hate the way confectioner’s sugar sticks to your fingers. I don’t judge you. I just find you desserts made with booze, available on Etsy.
- Cherry Cordial Lollipops (shown above): 7 for $10 — also available in Eggnog Bourbon
- Almond Amaretto Cake Balls: 1lb. for $31
- Orange Whiskey Marshmallows (from Scotland!): 10 mallows for £4
- Brandied Fruitcake Truffles: 12 for $15
- Classic Rum Balls: a half pound for $10
- Hazelnut Whiskey Sandwich Cookies (ohmygod…): 6 cookies for $9.50
- Bourbon Bacon Brittle: 8oz for $12