No-Bake Booze Balls

By Carolyn Shearlock © 2012 • all rights reserved

Here's a wonderful and easy treat that doesn't require a lot of counter space or even an oven . . . and everyone will love!

“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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  1. My kinda snack!

  2. 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!

  3. 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)

  4. Julie Birbeck says:

    Definitely going to try these. Thanks.

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

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

  7. Sounds relish! OK to share Carolyn?

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

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

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

  11. I love the name!

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

  13. Rum Balls!!!!!!!!!

  14. these look really good 🙂

  15. Will be sharing plenty of these 🙂

  16. Oh yeah!

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

    • 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.

  18. In sweden we use oats instead of wafers/cookies

  19. Thank you for the printing hint.

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

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

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

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