Irish Whiskey Balls (no-bake cookies)

by Jeanne Benedict on April 1, 2011

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These deliciously soused no-bake cookies are my St. Patrick’s Day version of bourbon balls, both of which I did on the TODAY Show. Here’s the St. Pat’s video clip with guest co-host Olivia Munn sitting in for Kathie Lee Gifford. Munn was hilarious and a tad tipsy from too many balls and brew.

1 cup white chocolate chips
2 cups vanilla wafer cookies
1/2 cup Irish whiskey
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon corn syrup
1 1/2 cups pistachios
1 cup granulated sugar

Grind together white chocolate chips and vanilla wafers in a food processor. Add powdered sugar and process until combined. Add the whiskey and corn syrup and process until crumbs form a mass. Add pistachios and pulse until nuts are coarsely chopped and throughout mixture. Optional: Add a drop or two of green food coloring to give the balls a St. Patrick’s Day holiday color.

Form 1-inch balls. Place 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 48 balls

More St. Patrick’s Day Recipes & Ideas from the TODAY Show:

Mashed Potato Martini Bar
St. Patrick’s Day Pizza
Irish Whiskey Balls (no-bake cookies)
St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

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