We made Wild Turkey bourbon balls for the holidays to give us an excuse to eat (drink?) booze at work, but there’s nothing that should prevent you from making these year-round if you felt like wearing your apron more than once a year. The priciest part was buying the booze, but other than that the ingredients will run you about $20.
There are no tricky parts to the recipe. If you screw it up you shouldn’t be allowed near an over, microwave, small child, or irritable adult. One note of caution: we used the recommended amount of bourbon and it was plenty strong. Almost too strong. Scale it back for a less boozy taste, you lush.
• 8-10 oz. crushed graham crackers
• 1 cup ground pecan halves (we used a NutriBullet because we didn’t have a food processor)
• ½ cup powdered sugar
• 6 oz. chocolate chips
• ½ cup bourbon (unless you really, really love the taste of bourbon, consider going easy on the booze)
• 3 tablespoons of maple syrup
• Put the graham cracker crumbs, pecans, and powdered sugar into a bowl and mix.
• Nuke the chocolate chips until they’re melted.
• Add Wild Turkey — or any bourbon — and the maple syrup to the blob that is the chocolate.
• Add the booze-chocolate combo to the crumbs/sugar/pecan mixture, and stir, stir, stir.
• Place it into the fridge for about 20-30 minutes.
• Pour some granulated sugar into a dish or bowl.
• Take the glob of chocolate out of the fridge and roll them into a donut hole about the size of a ping-pong ball.
• Roll the ball (heh heh) in the sugar.
• Eat a few balls, take a slug of whiskey, and place the remainder into a lidded container.
You only need a handful of ingredients and a high booze tolerance and you have all that you need to enjoy this cocktail.