Chocolate Cranberry Plum Bourbon Balls
“While visions of bourbon balls dance in their heads” … hey, don’t we adult folks deserve some holiday treats too? I think we do …
So these are my adult version of “sugarplums”. Let’s revel in bourbon balls this year!
( … I also wanted to mention: these are healthi(er) holiday treats. Made with dried fruit, nuts & dark chocolate, these bourbon balls are much better for your body than the typical empty sugar-and-fat-laden treats we usually eat at the holidays. But they taste so good, you won’t miss all that junk. )
- 1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries (craisins)
- 1/2 cup dried plums
- 1/2 cup bourbon or whiskey
- 1/2 cup toasted pecans
- 1/2 cup toasted old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup chocolate graham cracker crumbs (or crushed chocolate cookie crumbs)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips, melted
- Put the cranberries and plums in a small bowl and pour the bourbon over them. Let the fruit "bathe" in the bourbon for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, till the dried fruit is softened.
- Meanwhile, toast the pecans and oats till lightly browned. (I put them on a baking sheet and toast them in my toaster oven at 350 for about 5 minutes.) Using a food processor or handi chopper, crush the chocolate graham crackers, then the oats & pecans to a fine crumb. Mix them together with the cinnamon in a small mixing bowl.
- Now take the bourbon-soaked fruit and using your handi chopper or food processor, process till the mixture forms a sort of paste. Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave, then stir together the oats & nuts with the fruit and the chocolate.
- Line a baking sheet with waxed paper or a silicone baking mat, then form the mixture into balls about 3/4 inch in diameter. Set in the fridge or freezer (or outside) to cool for a while.
- To "finish" the bourbon balls, roll the cooled bourbon balls in powdered sugar OR (my favorite) dip in melted dark chocolate and set on waxed paper or a silicone baking mat until set. Once the chocolate has set, store these treats in the fridge in an airtight container.
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