Holiday traditions come and go. Resurrected from the past or borrowed from others it is what makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. This year I decided to stake a claim, and borrowing from others, start a new family tradition…Balls! For many years I had the pleasure of working with someone with whom I became fast friends. Vibeke was a treasure to work with and always made going to work fun. But it was around Christmas when the good times became great. Every year she would make her famous ‘Rum Balls’… tasty, chocolaty little nutty morsels that had enough booze in them to clear your sinuses. These balls were in such demand that they were rationed and only enjoyed in the most inner circles. Unfortunately for me (but good for her) Vibs retired and now I find myself trying to get through the holidays without balls. But enough of that; this has been a tough year and I find myself in need of balls more than ever. Thanks to the Internet there is an endless volume of recipes for holiday balls of every type. The good news is they are easy to make, require few ingredients and are easy to personalize. I tweaked a few recipes to come up with my own holiday balls. These little jewels include cocoa, bourbon and pecans, but feel free to play around with your balls until you can truly call them your own. You might want to double or triple the recipe and get some help rolling them because they’re always a hit. May your balls make merry and delight and may all your Christmas’ be bright.
- 1 cup Nilla Vanilla wafers, pulverized in the food processor
- 1 cup pecans, chopped fine
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ cup bourbon
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
Enjoy, and Happy Holidays!