Saturday, December 04, 2010

The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies - Brandy Balls

Dressed to the nines with someplace to go.  My mother is the brunette  on the right
You can make these at any time, but they need to "age" for a least a week.  Popular at gatherings and parties.  No baking!!!

Brandy Ball Cookies

3 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers.  I have found a rolling pin works better than a food processor.  
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts  (I generally use walnuts)
1/2 cups brandy.  Doesn't need to be your best Courvoisier.  We use Asbach Uralt from Germany.
3 tablespoons white corn syrup

Crush Vanilla wafers and mix thoroughly with powdered sugar, white corn syrup and brandy. Add chopped nuts.  Roll into small balls (3/4  to 1 inch diameter) and store in a tight container for a week or longer to age.  (Like fruitcake). 

The smell is heady, the boozy taste divine.  After a week, most of the alcohol will have evaporated, leaving just the sublime odor and taste.

Zowza!  My Mom was not a drinker, but she did like these cookies and so will you!


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