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To be a lush chef, does not mean to drink in excess - this can result in scary fires and bad dishes. A lush chef is one who enjoys gourmet cooking/baking, often with fresh ingredients and the smart use of one's home bar. If there happens to be half a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, or a sip of brandy left over...well, one cannot be wasteful. I give you permission to imbibe.

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Dec 11, 2012

Hot-Spiced Bourbon Balls

Libations used: 1/4 cup bourbon
Libations left over: Well, these cookies are like doing a shot, but if you need a festive drink, then make this Wassail Punch...
Last weekend, I was on my Christmas cookie-making bender, and there are always two treats I try to make - my mom's snowflake sugar cookies and Rum Balls.  Those no-bake, booze-laced treats were always a hit at parties and the office.  When I saw a variation on that cookie with these Hot-Spiced Bourbon Balls from, I just had to try the recipe.  Everyone knows how the Lush Chef loves her bourbon and I liked the blend of cayenne pepper with holiday spaces.  For those who don't have a handle on the whole baking thing, then these cookies are your ticket for all those holiday cookie exchanges and potlucks.  There's no oven involved and these can be whipped up in less than an hour.  The hardest part is perhaps rolling the mixture into balls.  I find it's easier to pulse the cookies and nuts so they're a finer texture (I could have pulsed mine a little longer, frankly), and if you feel like the mixture is too dry, then add a tiny bit more molasses and bourbon.  A little trick in forming the balls is to put an entire handful of the mixture into your palm and work it down as some pieces fall off.  If you like more of a chocolate flavor, you can dust the cookies in a mixture of cocoa powder and confectioner's sugar.

Hot-Spiced Bourbon Balls - makes 20-24
  • 1/4 cup bourbon (I used Wild Turkey 101 proof)
  • 2 Tbs molasses, honey, cane syrup or sorghum syrup
  • 1 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar, divided
  • 2 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (use 1/4 if you can't handle the spice)
  • 1/4 tsp ground mace (or nutmeg)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 oz vanilla wafers (almost a whole box of Nabisco vanilla wafers)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
- In a small bowl, whisk together the bourbon and molasses until well combined.
- In a large bowl, sift together 1 cup of the confectioner's sugar with the cocoa powder, cayenne, mace, cinnamon and salt.
- Using a wooden spoon or spatula, stir in the bourbon mixture until a smooth paste forms.
- In a food processor, pulse the wafers into fine crumbs.
- Add the wafers and pecans into the bourbon mixture and stir until it's kind of doughy and workable.
- Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and then roll them in the remaining confectioner's sugar.
- Store in an air-tight container on sheets of waxed paper in the fridge for up to four days.