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.