It was just TOO hot to even think about lighting the oven to bake cookies. I wanted to bring a dessert to a cruiser get-together. But what to make? As I’m sweltering, I flip through The Boat Galley Cookbook for the selection of no-bake desserts. Ah, Booze Balls, always a favorite. And NO extra heat in the boat, perfect. 🙂
No-Bake Booze Balls – 2 Dozen
Total Time: 45 minutes, plus 1 hour drying time before storing
3 cups vanilla wafers, crushed (this is just about an entire box – I just use the whole box, then add an extra splash the other ingredients)
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup nuts, chopped fine (walnuts or pecans are most often used)
2 1/3 tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 cup rum OR bourbon OR Triple Sec OR Gran Marnier OR other liquor OR orange juice OR other fruit juice (okay, then they’re not “Booze Balls”) – we like Gran Marnier
additional powdered sugar, for coating the cookies
Crush vanilla wafers by placing in a heavy-duty plastic bag (a batch at a time if you have small bags) and rolling with a rolling pin or wine bottle (or crush them any other way you can – the finer they are, the better). If you have a food processor or blender, those work really well to crush the wafers, too.
Place crushed wafers in a medium bowl and add the powdered sugar, nuts and cocoa. Mix well.
Add the rum mix to the wafer mix and mix thoroughly – it will be very stiff!
Form the mix into 1” balls, then roll in powdered sugar. Place on a plate or piece of waxed paper to dry for an hour. Store in a tightly lidded container.
Quick variation: Sprinkle powdered sugar in the bottom of an ungreased 8” x 8” pan. Press the cookie mix into the pan, then sprinkle more powdered sugar over the top. Cut into 1” squares and lay out to let dry.