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Booze Balls

Simply decide whether you want to use bourbon or brandy in these truffles.

  • Preparation Time60 mins
  • DifficultyEasy
140g milk chocolate chips
20 chocolate wafer biscuits (about 1/2 a 255g box)
70g finely chopped pitted dried plums (about 15)
80g icing sugar
60ml bourbon or 80 to 120ml brandy
120g sweetened condensed milk
55g caster sugar, or coloured decorating sugars, for garnish
1) Put chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on medium power for a minute. Stir and repeat until the chocolate melts, about 3 minutes in all depending on the power of your microwave.

2) Alternatively, put the chocolates in a heatproof bowl. Bring a saucepan filled with 2cm or so of water to a very slow simmer; set the bowl on the pan (without touching the water). Stir occasionally until melted and smooth.

3) Process the cookies in a food processor until finely ground (you should have about 125g cookies). Alternatively, put cookies inside a heavy re-sealable plastic bag and crush by moving a rolling pin over the cookies.

4) Stir the cookie crumbs, dried plums, icing sugar, bourbon or brandy, and condensed milk into the chocolate until evenly combined.

5) Cover and refrigerate the mixture until firm enough to roll into balls, about 45 minutes. Scoop a tablespoon or so of the mixture into small balls with a cookie or small ice cream scoop and set onto a baking sheet or a large plate. Roll each portion by hand into a smooth ball.

6) Store booze balls in an air tight container at room temperature for a day to allow the flavours to come together. Store balls in the refrigerator for a week or freeze for up to 1 month.

7) To serve, put the sugar on a plate and roll the balls in it to coat. Serve at room temperature.

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