Brrrandy Balls

Our neighbor gave us some cherry brandy when we moved in as a house warming gift. Hmmm, what to do with cherry brandy? A booze ball of sorts seemed in order for the season. And, I am a big fan of all things chocolately, so I found a recipe that met both requirements. These are super duper easy to make and they are quite warming on a brrrrr winter day!

I rolled the balls small, about 1 inch each, and came out with 78 of them. I rolled some of mine in powdered sugar and some of them in crushed pecans, but I prefer the taste and look of the powdered sugar, so that’s what I indicated in the recipe below. I couldn’t find plain chocolate wafers, so I bought Newman’s O’s and removed the filling. I got this recipe from the good ol’ reliable Food Network.

For the Balls:

  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 25 chocolate wafer cookies
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar, for rolling

To Make the Balls:

  1. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler and stir until smooth, set aside.
  2. Process the cookies in a food processor until finely ground.
  3. Pour the cookie crumbs, confectioner’s sugar, brandy, pecans, and condensed milk into the melted chocolate pan and stir until well combined.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
  5. Scoop chocolate mixture with a small spoon and roll into balls with your hands.
  6. Roll the balls in confectioner’s sugar to coat.
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