Bourbon nut balls
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This confection – between a cookie and a candy – is quick and easy to make.
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Whirl vanilla wafers and pecans in a food processor until finely chopped. Add bourbon and honey. Whirl until moistened and slightly doughy. Or by hand, crush vanilla wafers in a sealed bag with a rolling pin until fine crumbs. Finely chop pecans. In a small bowl, stir crumbs with pecans, bourbon and honey until moistened and slightly doughy.
In a shallow bowl, stir icing sugar with cocoa. If lumpy, sift or put through a fine sieve. Using your hands, form teaspoonfuls (5 mL) of dough into small balls and drop into cocoa mixture. Coat 3 or 4 at a time, then transfer to a waxed paper-lined container. Repeat, separating rolled balls with waxed paper in storage container. Seal container. Bourbon balls will keep well up to 1 week at room temperature or they can be frozen.
Nutrition (per serving)
You can use 2 cups (500 mL) finely crushed plain cookies such as sugar, shortbread or arrowroot instead of vanilla wafers.