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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Ginger Bourbon Balls

Ginger Bourbon Balls
Everybody loves Balls during the Holidays...

Painted Glass Balls hanging from the Christmas tree 
Chocolate Coconut Balls
Rum Balls
Costume Balls
Supernatural Balls
Fruit 'n Nut Balls
Disco Balls
Cheese Balls
Popcorn Balls

And of course...

Bourbon Balls
Ginger Bourbon Balls
It's true.  I can't resist a good boozy ball on any holiday tray.  These balls in particular have bite... from the ground-up spicy gingersnaps to the punch of bourbon to the lemon sugar they are rolled in... these are some pretty irresistible balls.

Ginger Bourbon Balls
Ginger Bourbon Balls
by Heather Schmitt-González
Prep Time: 20-30 minutes
Cook Time: n/a
Keywords: dessert ginger whisk(e)y nuts Christmas cookie American winter

Ingredients (~6 dozen)
  • 1 c. granulated sugar
  • finely grated zest of 1 fat lemon
  • 2½ c. (~100) crushed ginger snaps
  • 1 c. finely ground hazelnuts
  • 1 c. powdered sugar
  • ¼ c. bourbon
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbs. golden syrup
  • 2 Tbs. water
Combine sugar and lemon zest in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Pour onto a large sheet of wax paper or parchment paper. Set aside.

Combine crushed gingersnaps, ground hazelnuts, powdered sugar in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine.  Whisk together the bourbon, vanilla, golden syrup, and water and drizzle over the crumb mixture; pulse until everything comes together.

Shape into ½ tablespoon-sized balls. Roll in the lemon sugar. Store in an airtight container.
making Ginger Bourbon Balls
These freeze well. Simply set out on a parchment lined baking tray and freeze until solid. Transfer to a freezer-safe zippered baggie for up to one month. Plus, the alcohol keeps them soft enough, that if you get a hankerin', you can reach into the freezer and grab a boozy bite!
Ginger Bourbon Balls

Ginger Bourbon Balls