Jess here! Earlier this year, I found a recipe for five-minute bourbon balls that got me thinking about all of the different combinations of no-bakes I could make with such a simple base: the vanilla wafer is the perfect dry cookie to soak up the booze being used and the melted chocolate really binds the no-bake deliciousness. And what better time to experiment with cookies than during the winter holiday season?
- 1 ¾ cup vanilla wafers, finely ground
- 1 cup walnuts, finely ground
- 1 1/3 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 4-5 tablespoons salted caramel vodka
- ½ to ¾ cup white chocolate (chips, bark, or melting squares)
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk chocolate (chips, bark, or melting squares)
In a separate bowl, combine the vanilla wafers, finely ground walnuts, cinnamon, and vodka and set aside.
Next, you’ll need to melt the white chocolate to add to your wafer mixture. There are a couple of ways to do this: you can opt to microwave the chocolate, melt it in a saucepan or double boiler on the stove, or use a crock-pot to melt it and keep it dippable. Whatever you choose, combine the white chocolate, light corn syrup, and vanilla extract and proceed.
(Note: if you’re microwaving, it might take a few zaps and I recommend doing 30 seconds at a time because, as great as melting chocolate in the microwave is, a few seconds too many is all it takes to ruin the whole batch.)
Once melted, combine with the wafer mixture and stir well. If it’s too crumbly, you can always melt that extra ¼ cup more of white chocolate to add. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and form your vodka balls — with this recipe, I made roughly 20 but it all depends on how big or small you want your treats. Set in the fridge to chill while you melt your second batch of chocolate (the milk chocolate).
Last but not least, grab the bowl of chopped walnuts and remove your vodka balls from the fridge. Dip the balls into the milk chocolate, roll in the walnuts, and set back on the wax paper. When you’re done, you can pop the treats back in the fridge if you want them to set up completely and then transfer to an air-tight container.