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Addictive Rum, Bourbon or Grand Marnier Cocoa Balls

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November  4, 2014
Author Notes

I don't know anyone who does not enjoy eating a few rum, bourbon or Grand Marnier cocoa balls. They are delicious, in portion-controlled shape (if you can resit eating more than a couple LOL), and addictive. You can give/mail them as a gift, nicely wrapped in some transparent cellophane gift wrapping paper and tied with a colorful ribbon. Or, if you are going to serve them at home, you can place each in individual mini paper baskets. Enjoy! —Regine

  • Makes about 50-55 balls
Ingredients
  • 3 cups Finely crushed vanilla wafer cookies. But I also find that an entire 11-12 oz box of vanilla wafer cookies does the trick. I do not even measure.
  • 2 cups Powdered (confectioner's) sugar, plus more to roll the balls
  • 1 cup Finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Bourbon, Rum, or Grand Marnier (or even Tequila which I used last time by mistake thinking it was whiskey)
  • 1/4 cup Light corn syrup (honey can also be used)
  • optional - 1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • optional - 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest (you may want to skip if using Grand Marnier since it is already an orange flavor liqueur)
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Directions
  1. Mix wafers, sugar, pecans, cocoa . Stir rum/bourbon/grand marnier, corn syrup, and (if using) vanilla extract and orange zest. To form balls that are more consistently shaped, you can scoop the dough into 2 teaspoon worth of dough (or tablespoon if you want the balls bigger), and shape them into balls with your hands. If you find the dough to be a bit too sticky to be shaped, you can place in the refrigerator for 1/2 hour before shaping them. Roll them into a lot of powdered sugar. Can be refrigerated if you want. Tastes even better if served 1 or 2 days later.
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