Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Brandy Balls | Cookie Balls | Easy Christmas Candy Recipes

It wouldn’t be Christmas without some sweet chocolate treats. Besides Valentine’s Day, Christmas is another holiday where people give food as gifts. What better gift to give to friends or to your family than a pretty Holiday tin full of Liqueur Brandy Balls.

Every year after Thanksgiving I start to make my Brandy Balls recipe.  Sometimes I make Rum Balls.  Think I'll be sending some up to my brother in Upstate New York, along with a few of my crochet handmade Dish Cloths that I sell at my Moomettes Shop. Aren't these old fashion handmade dishcloths pretty?
Green Cotton Dishcloths Handmade


Easy Christmas Candy Recipe



Brandy Balls are sweet and not tooth-friendly. Some people call them Brandy Truffles.  But, it is the Christmas season and it only comes once a year. Your teeth will forgive you as long as you brush afterwards. Brandy Balls look good and are easy to make. Be sure not to leave it unattended or the ingredients may overcook and ruin your batch of candy.

Making candy doesn’t have to be hard. Start out with simple recipes and work your way up to the more difficult ones. Most candy is mixed in a saucepan over varying levels of heat.

Brandy Balls Liqour Balls Candy


This is my mother's recipe for Brandy Ball Truffles.  Sometime mom would make brandy balls, sometime she'd make Rum Chocolate Balls.  Some folks even like to make Bourbon Chocolate Balls.

Mom used to crush her Vanilla Wafers and walnuts with an old-fashion rolling pin. I used to do the same for years too, but now I enjoy using my Cuisinart food processor - makes short work!

However, I do stick with tradition and use my mom's now vintage glass Pyrex mixing bowls that I inherited!

No Bake Candy


I haven't made these Brandy Balls in quite some time.  In years past I would start making my Christmas candy recipes the day after Thanksgiving.  But fast forward, and the Friday after Thanksgivings is now Black Friday, and I'm usually out trying to score Black Friday deals.

These Brandy Balls need some time to ferment.  The first time charming son-in-law ever tasted them, he said "whoa!"

That's just how good they are!

Check out my recipe for No Bake Oreo Truffles Balls too!

Brandy Ball Chocolate Truffles


12 oz package chocolate chips morsels
6 Tbl. Karo syrup (clear)
1 c. brandy, rum, bourbon or whiskey
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. confectioners sugar
5 c. crushed Vanilla Wafers

Mix together chocolate chips and Karo syrup
Add brandy, rum, bourbon or whiskey and mix well
Add together chopped nuts, confectioner's sugar and vanilla wafers
Mix all ingredients together and let stand for 1/2 hour in refrigerator
Roll into balls in confectioners sugar or nuts
Store in an air-tight container until ready to serve


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