I love the holidays and one of my favorite things to do during this time of year is cook and bake treats for friends and family. What I love most is finding savory recipes and finding a way to make them just a tad healthier. This one isn’t changed too much, but it is simple enough that I think it is a great treat to make for yourself or to share. These small treats are also so packed full of chocolate goodness, one small bite will likely cure your sweet tooth. I found this recipe last week watching The Chew, credit goes to Carla Hall for making this delicious concoction. I did change it around a bit, but more so to fit my own preferences.
Prep and cook time: 10 minutes or less
8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chopped into small pieces
½ stick of butter
¼ cup of bourbon
1 ¾ cup powdered sugar
Dash of salt to taste
Sprinkles, baking cocoa, shredded coconut or any other fun things to roll your balls in.
Cook bourbon in a pan over high heat until it cooks down to 1/8 cup or half the amount in the pan, and then remove from heat. In another pan, or preferably a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate until it is smooth over medium high heat. Be careful not to cook the chocolate over too high of a heat because it can go from melting to burnt before you know it! Remove from heat. Pour bourbon into the pan with chocolate and add in the powdered sugar and salt. Stir and let sit until it cools to room temperature.
Once the mixture has cooled, scoop out small spoon sized balls and roll to make smooth. You can then roll them in candies, sprinkles, or any other fun treat to make them look fun.
I like to keep these cool in the fridge or freezer until just before ready to serve. These are super easy to make a batch or few ahead of time and pull them out for hostess treats or holidays gifts when you need them. They keep well in the freezer for several weeks in a sealed container or ziplock.
A few other notes about ingredients: You can use any liquor you prefer. My mother-in-law likes these made with rum. You can add in 1/4 cup chopped nuts, almonds, walnuts etc., just put in 1/4 cup less powdered sugar. Also, when I make these I foot the extra few cents for a higher quality chocolate. It tastes so much better and if you are going to do dessert, don’t skimp on the flavor!
My theory with this one is that if chocolate can help your recovery process, then this is a great recovery food. Totally kidding, but enjoy them nonetheless!