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Today's recipe is a potent sweetmeat that's perfect for a holiday party. Bourbon Balls. They are extremely easy to make - there's no cooking! You can use dark rum in this recipe instead of bourbon, if you're of a mind to.

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Bourbon Balls

Tired of taking bourbon the old-fashioned way? These sweetmeats quite easy to prepare -- no cooking required. It's even faster if you run the vanilla wafers and pecans through the food processor. Bourbon Balls are deceptively potent, so advise your guests to pace themselves, otherwise you will be in for a most convivial evening.

  • 3 cups vanilla wafers, rolled to dust
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup (Karo)
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup very finely chopped pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  1. Mix all ingredients together. Shape into small balls about 3/4 inch in diameter.
  2. Roll balls in confectioners' sugar, cocoa or finely shredded coconut.
  3. Makes three dozen candies.

Kitchen tools you'll need: Food Processors, Mixing Bowls, Baking Sheet

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