My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Walnut Bourbon Balls

This recipe is directly from the pages of a Good Housekeeping Cook Book copyright 1942. It is very must like one on the Food Network that they call Kentucky Bourbon Balls, which is a candy. These are cookies. How can you make candy with vanilla wafers? That is only one of many reasons I don't use many Food Network recipes.

These would make a perfect Valentine gift, packaged in a pretty heart shaped cookie box. Quick and easy, no baking. Just remember to make them 2 or 3 days ahead to ripen.

Walnut Bourbon Balls
Makes 3 1/2 dozen

2 1/2 cups finely crushed packaged vanilla wafers (about 5 dozen)
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 cup confectioners' sugar sifted
1 cup toasted walnuts, finely chopped, or walnuts and shredded coconut
3 tablespoons corn syrup, white or dark
1/4 cup good bourbon
Confectioners' sugar

Mix well wafer crumbs, cocoa, 1 cup sugar, nuts. Add corn syrup, bourbon; mix well. Form into 1-inch balls; then roll in sugar. Store in covered container a day or so to ripen.

COOK'S NOTE: We have so many more products to chose from than in 1942. I like the dark chocolate cocoa . Usually I use Black Walnuts, if you like English Walnuts better use those. Sometimes I use the mixture of coconut and walnuts, sometimes just walnuts. They really are wonderful no matter what you do.

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