Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Baking Made Easy - Yummy Honey Chocolate Rum Balls

From the Kitchens of Cheesecake Farms
www.CheesecakeFarms.com


Ready for Christmas!
The Tack Room Suite at Cheesecake Farms


Sometimes you just want a quick little, something fancy, something to spruce up the cookie tray.   These make wonderful gifts, too.


Nice wrapped individually in colored cellophane.
But for-go foil.  The alcohol will pit it.


Yummy Honey Rum Chocolate Balls
An adult, make ahead cookie that's a must on every southern table. 
Don't waste these on the kiddies!


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Makes 2 1/2 dozen (1 inch) cookies
No baking required but cookies need to mellow at least 1 week before serving
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1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons honey
2 3/4 cups plain vanilla cookies (crushed into fine crumbs - like Nilla wafers, Pecan Sandies or similar cookies)
1/2 cup powdered sugar (sifted)
1 cup walnuts (chopped)
1/2 cup dark rum (approximately - we used Meyers brand)

Put chocolate and honey into a microwave safe bowl.  Heat until just melted - about 2 minutes. 


Stir in remaining ingredients adding enough rum to make a mixture that you can form into 1 inch balls.

Roll balls in powdered sugar or dip into additional melted chocolate. 


Refrigerate or freeze at least 1 week before serving to let the flavors mellow. 


At serving time, roll powdered sugar coated balls in additional sugar.


Karla's Cookie Tip
If the mixture is a little too soft to form into balls because you've added a bit too much rum, simply add additional cookie crumbs to thicken it.


If it's too dry to hold its shape, add a touch more rum.

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