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Grown-Up Treats: Southern Living Bourbon (or Rum) Balls

Is it me or did everyone’s moms make rum balls when they were a kid? I always remember my mom making these little round ‘cookies’ for her friends at Christmas time and of course they were the one cookie I wasn’t allowed to try. I understand now.

The last couple of years, I’ve made made big batches of these potent little grown up treats for coworkers, family and friends…but with bourbon.  They are easy to make, and package up very nicely in mini muffin liners and in a festive tin….perfect for gift giving. But make sure you keep them away from the kiddos!

Bourbon Balls

Recipe slightly adapted from Southern Living Best Loved Cookies

1  (12-oz.) package vanilla wafers, finely crushed
1  cup  chopped pecans or walnuts
3/4  cup  powdered sugar
2  tablespoons  cocoa
2 1/2  tablespoons  light corn syrup
1/2  cup  bourbon (or light rum)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Powdered  sugar

1. Combine vanilla wafers, pecans, powdered sugar, and cocoa in a large bowl; stir well.

2. Combine corn syrup and bourbon, stirring well. Pour bourbon mixture over wafer mixture; stir until blended. Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in additional powdered sugar. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks.

 

Pair up these grown-up treats with a bag of homemade Holiday Candy Mix for the kids!

 

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