Bourbon Ball No Bake Cookies

by Jeanne Benedict

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My holiday hostess gift is always boozey cookies. Some times I make them into a Christmas tree (think croquembouche shape using a Stytofoam cone, toothpicks, and the ball cookies) and sometimes I packed them into a sweet little bag with a label urging, “Don’t eat and drive.” Seriously, they pack quite a punch, but they are soooo good. I also make these for all my kids’ teachers as holiday gifts! I feel they could use a few “belts” in a ball after spending hours upon hours with our sweet children. And now, I’m going to down about 10 balls.

1 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups oreo cookies (twist open and scrape out cream filling)
1/2 cup bourbon
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon corn syrup
1 1/2 cups pecans
1 cup granulated sugar

Grind together chocolate chips and oreo cookies in a food processor. Add powdered sugar and process until combined. Add the bourbon and corn syrup and process until crumbs form a mass. Add pecans and pulse until walnuts are coarsely chopped and throughout mixture. 

Form 1-inch balls by rolling mixture with your hands.  Place granulated sugar in a shallow bowl and roll balls in sugar.  Store in wax paper lined airtight container in a cool dry place.  Let balls sit for a few days before eating for best results.

Makes about 60 balls

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