December 26, 2011

Holiday Bourbon Whiskey Balls {SRC}

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Merry Christmas!!! 

I just can't stop saying it. I hope everyone had a wonderful and fabulous holiday and spent the whole weekend with friends and family, good food and good wine and a whole lot of laughs.

Paul and I had an amazing Christmas. Christmas eve we went to my father's house and spent the night with all the fish you could imagine {including stuffed lobster...umm DeLicIous} but I might have had a little too much vino. It's the holidays, stressful lead up with the Army Holiday party I was planning and now that Christmas was here, I let loose and had a blast.
So apparently this holiday has been all about the booze. I've made the Cranberry and Lime Rum, the Spiced Holiday Punch, defiantly made a little Homemade Irish Cream and to top it all off... I was given the privilege of having Chocolates & Dreams blog this month for The Secret Recipe Club and found the most amazing recipe for Whiskey Balls


Just stop it!!!


What's there not to like? Chocolate, yes! Pecans, yes! Whisky, YES!


I just had to make these. Not only was the recipe going to be amazing, but she actually tweaked the original recipe to be healthier with less sugar {saving all of our arteries and spiked insulin levels} and replaced it with more nuts and raisins. Hello yummy goodness. 
Chocolates & Dreams had some excellent pointers that not only could these be made with rum, amaretto, brandy (blackberry brandy! that’s what I want to use next time I make them!), etc, they could also be made with orange juice (I love the combination of orange and chocolate!) or anything else that tickles your fancy. 


{Don't you just love her}


So what it comes down to is that these delicious little bites were wonderful and the first thing everyone grabbed for on my Christmas cookie platter. The words Whiskey Balls came out and everyone rushed, they were excellent. I think they might have just become a holiday tradition.


I hope you all had the best Christmas and enjoyed every moment you had. Next time just add these little babies to your plate and you won't go wrong!


Merry Christmas!

Bourbon Whiskey Balls
Photos by A Healthy Jalapeño
Adapted from Chocolates & Dreams


Ingredients

¼ cup butter, softened 
½ tsp salt
½ can condensed milk 
1 cup chopped pecans
½ cup chopped walnuts
½ cup golden raisins
¼ cup whiskey (I used Jack Daniels)
½ tbsp vanilla
2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate for coating
Butter 2 tbsp

Beat the butter and salt till light and fluffy. Then add in the condensed milk and beat well. Add in all the nuts, raisins and whiskey and stir to mix. Start adding in the sugar and add till it has the consistency to shape into balls. Chill in the refrigerator for ½ -1 hour.

Take out and shape into small balls.

On a double boiler or in the microwave heat the chocolate till melted. Add in the 2 tbsp of butter. When melting the chocolate in the microwave melt at intervals of 30 seconds. The chocolate should be melted in 1 minute.

Now dip the balls of sweet goodness into the warm chocolate and let set on a parchment paper. Refrigerate to let it set.

Keep in air tight container and refrigerate. They keep for at least 3-4 months when refrigerated and the taste improves when allowed to age.
Makes : Around 30-35 balls 

They’re really good and have no calories, in case you were wondering!
P.S. Store covered at room temperature or in the refrigerator. (Tip: These are a great make-ahead gift when you can because they taste even better when allowed to “age” for two weeks.)
Enjoy!




12 comments:

Rituparna said...

Those Bourbon balls are heavenly & it is so good to know that they may be tradition. So happy that you found something that everyone loved.

Nicole @ I am a Honey Bee said...

glad they have no calories... perfect dessert! :-P

Megan @ Cooking Whims said...

These look amazing! Wish I had some at my holiday party! ;)

annejisca said...

I loooove homemade chocolates. Yours look amazing! Which I could snatch one to eat right now! :D

tastydiet said...

Sounds delicious!

And it looks like you have a lot of interesting recipes on your site. I will have to explore!

Danielle

Melissa said...

No calories?! Sounds like a winner to me ;) I bet these are absolutely delicious!!

Jenni said...

Oh, Laura, these look amazing!! Great job!! I am totally sick from all the cookies I've been eating this Christmas, but I almost want to go make these right now!! :)

Rebecca @ A Dash of Thyme said...

Hi fellow SRC friend! These look amazing!! :)

Kate @ FoodBabbles said...

These look amazing Laura! Like you said, what's not to love? Booze, chocolate, nuts... Yes please! New to your blog and love what I'm seeing :) Happy New Year! Look forward to seeing what you do this year.

peanutbutterandpeppers.com said...

Yum! This looks great! I am so going to make this recipe! Who doesn't love chocolate and Jack Daniels?

Veronica said...

Wow, these look great! I'm saving the recipe for next year!

liquor online said...

Looks really enticing! I'm actually very curious as to how whiskey molds the flavor. I'll definitely give this a try.