Bourbon balls – love ‘em or hate ‘em. Really, there is no middle ground when it comes to boozy cookies. This I have learned after years of baking and giving. Me? I’m in the love ‘em camp.
There is one secret to a good boozy cookie. Let them develop. They’ll be far less boozy on day one. On day three – it’s like a cocktail in cookie form, without bothering to go to your neighborhood bar.
Result? *hic* Delicious. And after that citrus post, you’ll be thrilled to hear this takes about an hour from beginning to end. Use the very best bourbon you can.
Since making these, I’ve been dreaming up other combinations – Creme de Menthe/Creme de Cocoa and crushed candy canes on the outside? Scotch and toffee? Gin and ??
adapted from Martha Stewart Holiday Cookies
PAM or other vegetable oil cooking spray
3/4 c unsalted butter, cut up
6 oz semisweet chocolate
3 lg eggs
1/2 c brown sugar, packed
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
3/4 c AP flour
3 oz excellent bourbon
1 c pecans
OR Coarse sanding sugar
Preheat the oven to 350° and spray a baking sheet (12 x 17) with the PAM.
Spread the pecans out on another baking sheet and toast in the oven for 10 minutes. Chop fine. Set aside.
Melt chocolate and butter over a double boiler.
Whisk together the eggs, brown sugar, vanilla and salt until frothy. Stir in the chocolate mixture.
Sieve the flour into the batter, to get all the lumps out, then fold it in until you can no longer see any white streaks.
Pour the batter into the prepared sheet pan. Bake for 10 minutes.
Allow the cookie/brownie to cool, then break it up into smaller pieces into the bowl of your electric mixer. Add the bourbon and beat until it all comes together into a ball.
Form balls – using a scoop keeps them uniform. I keep them small – about 1″. Roll in the pecans to coat. Alternatively, you can coat in sanding sugar, or combine nuts and sugar for the coating.
Chill on a sheet pan in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, then store in an airtight container between sheets of wax paper in the refrigerator.