Thursday, June 18, 2009

RedLaceBlackHeart's Grandma's Bourbon Balls

My Grandma’s Bourbon Balls (and let me tell you, my grandma had more balls than an entire platoon of Marines!)

1 Box Vanilla Wafers -pulverized into fine crumbs -anybody you’re mad at? pretend it’s them…
1 Cup Pecans -ground fine (a food processor works great)
1 Cup Powdered Sugar -plus enough extra to roll the balls in
2 Tablespoons Light corn syrup
1/2 -3/4 Cup Bourbon
Optional: 1 -2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder

Mix vanilla wafer crumbs, ground pecans and 1 C powdered sugar together in a large bowl. Mix in 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder if desired. Dissolve the corn syrup in the bourbon. Make a “well” in the dry ingredients and pour the bourbon into the well. Slowly stir the mixture together very thoroughly. Taste it. Add more bourbon if you think it needs some. Once the booze to cookie mixture is right, cover tightly and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Taste again while you are waiting if necessary. When the ‘dough’ is chilled, scoop up in teaspoon size mounds, roll into balls and roll in powdered sugar. You should probably taste one now, just to be sure they are OK, before you roll them all. Add more bourbon if desired. You may add a little cocoa powder to the powdered sugar if desired.Store in a sealed container to keep the Irish Magic in.
Oh, and it makes absolutely NO sense whatsoever to only make a single batch. Trust me on this.

Hot Fudge from RedLaceBlackHeart (she's on Rav!)

1 12 oz. pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 stick butter
2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 Tbsp. vanilla
Dash of salt

Put the choc. chips in a large bowl or massive glass measuring cup and nuke (microwave) until almost totally melted. Stir in butter, SC milk and salt. Nuke another 30 -50 seconds until the chocolate is totally melted. Remove and let cool slightly. Slowly stir in vanilla. Be careful. Sometimes the alcohol in vanilla will ‘spontaneously combust’ when added to something hot. Exciting for the kids to watch, but not so good for the kitchen; so let’s not teach them any bad habits, OK? Serve immediately over ice cream , dip cookies or fruit into it, or serve on a spoon. A pretty spoon. If there are leftovers (yeah, right, fat chance in my household!) I recommend lightly greasing a piece of foil or baking paper and dropping the leftovers onto it in spoonfuls and refrigerating them. Or you can store them in a greased bowl. Either way, good luck finding them when you go back looking for them…