No-Bake Booze Balls

“Booze Balls” were traditional holiday treats in my family, and I love them (we’d make “No-Booze Balls” with orange juice for the kids).

When we began living aboard, I decided they were great as they didn’t need to be baked . . . then I discovered an easier way to make them by pressing the mixture into a pan and cutting instead of rolling each one separately.

Perfect for days when you want a treat, but don’t feel like devoting the whole day to baking!

No-Bake Booze Balls

3 cups vanilla wafers (or, say, shortbread cookies), crushed
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped finely
2 1/3 tablespoons cocoa powder
3 tablespoons corn syrup
1/2 cup rum, bourbon, Triple Sec, Grand Marnier or orange juice
For coating:  additional powdered sugar, cocoa, finely chopped nuts, coconut, sugar or sprinkles (use your imagination)

Crush vanilla wafers finely by placing them in a resealable bag and rolling with a rolling pin or wine bottle (or using a food processor a blender if you have one).

Place crushed wafers in a medium bowl and add the powdered sugar, nuts, and cocoa powder. Mix well.

In a small cup, mix the corn syrup and the alcohol. (This helps to thin the corn syrup so it’s easier to mix with the wafer mixture.) Add the liquid mix to the dry mix and mix thoroughly. It will be very stiff.

TRADITIONAL METHOD:  Form the mix into 1-inch balls, then roll in powdered sugar or other “dusting” material.

EASIER METHOD:  Sprinkle an ungreased 8″ x 8″ pan with powdered sugar or cocoa, press the mixture into an even layer in the pan, then sprinkle the top with powdered sugar, cocoa, nuts and/or sprinkles. Cut into 3/4-inch squares.

Place on a plate or piece of waxed paper to dry for 1 hour. Store in a tightly lidded container or resealable bag. Makes two dozen.

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  • Pickled Pirate on Facebook
    Posted at 28 November 2012 Reply

    My kinda snack!

  • stephanie
    Posted at 28 November 2012 Reply

    omigod! i used to LOVE bourbon balls! thanks for the recipe….i have lost mine. i’ll be getting on these next week! i just LOVE your blog and your fb page. thanks, carolyn! oh, by the way, how are dave’s eyes doing? cataract surgery is the best thing ever!

  • Lisa
    Posted at 29 November 2012 Reply

    Yummy! I enjoy so many of your articles, but this one has me taking immediate action! Hope you are all having a great holiday season! Lisa (GMSC – YFlyer)

  • Julie Birbeck
    Posted at 12 December 2012 Reply

    Definitely going to try these. Thanks.

  • Cathy Dunn Dreaper
    Posted at 01 August 2013 Reply

    I made these recently for boat guests! They were easy to make and were a great hit!

  • Christina Gildea
    Posted at 01 August 2013 Reply

    I´ve had these!! They are amazing!!!

  • Tammy Swart
    Posted at 20 December 2013 Reply

    Sounds relish! OK to share Carolyn?

  • Shana Kelly
    Posted at 20 December 2013 Reply

    Ooooohhhh!! I wanna make these with some Cruzan Black Cherry rum!!!

  • Carolyn Shearlock
    Posted at 20 December 2013 Reply

    Tammy — of course! Shana — that sounds like an incredible combo!

  • Jan Elliott Stein
    Posted at 20 December 2013 Reply

    I made them yesterday with Mount Gay Rum! Love the cookbook !

  • Robyn Smith
    Posted at 20 December 2013 Reply

    I love the name!

  • Suzie Mendenhall
    Posted at 20 December 2013 Reply

    I am making some for the office “cookie exchange”. No better place for booze balls than in the office xmas week!

  • Alice Delisle
    Posted at 21 December 2013 Reply

    Rum Balls!!!!!!!!!

  • Sailing Banyan
    Posted at 21 December 2013 Reply

    these look really good 🙂

  • Lupari Sue
    Posted at 22 December 2013 Reply

    Will be sharing plenty of these 🙂

  • Linda M Fletcher
    Posted at 28 February 2016 Reply

    Oh yeah!

  • Barbara Nau Bryant
    Posted at 28 February 2016 Reply

    I don’t have corn syrup. What do you think about substituting agave syrup?

    • The Boat Galley
      Posted at 28 February 2016 Reply

      I think it would work but you might have to adjust the amount slightly as it’s typically (or at least what I’ve seen has been) a little thinner than corn syrup. So start out with a little less and then see if you need more to make the mix “wet enough” to incorporate all the wafer crumbs, etc.

  • Katharina Prenzlau J
    Posted at 28 February 2016 Reply

    In sweden we use oats instead of wafers/cookies

  • Carol
    Posted at 28 February 2016 Reply

    Thank you for the printing hint.

  • Kimberly Fain Ward
    Posted at 28 February 2016 Reply

    Love the idea to press them into a pan vs. Rolling!

  • Kimberly Fain Ward
    Posted at 28 February 2016 Reply

    AND I love the idea of oats vs. wafers!!

  • Stasea Arnold
    Posted at 29 February 2016 Reply

    Anne Rittenhouse Parry you could spin these treats into healthy too!!

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